Fellow netizens are now criticizing the alleged disrespectful Maria Sofia Sanchez national anthem video. Many are now calling for Maria Sofia Sanchez to be reprimanded for violating the law.
So what was this video about that got many people displeased and angry?
Maria Sofia Sanchez (an alleged transgender) residing in Los Angeles USA, posted a video on his FB account last night. In the video, he was wearing a very sexy red bathing suit. He then plays the national anthem of the Philippines “Lupang Hinirang“.
Now it has been a widespread practice among Filipinos to place their right hand on top of their left chest (where the heart is located), to show respect and patriotism.
In this Maria Sofia Sanchez national anthem video, something unexpected and uncalled for happened.
Instead of doing the said sign of respect, this person places his hand on top of his front private part! In the middle part of the song, he started laughing and waving his hands mimicking a conductor’s beat. This inappropriate act just got worst when Maria Sofia Sanchez started to do sexy dance steps and sometimes even touching his private part.
Netizens are condoning this act which is said to be a violation of Section 38 RA 8491 – “Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.” A lot of angry netizens are bashing the owner of the video and demands a public apology or even deportation and imprisonment.
As said in Section 38 of this law.
“As a sign of respect, all persons shall stand at attention and face the Philippine flag, if there is one displayed, and if there is none, they shall face the band or the conductor. At the first note, all persons shall execute a salute by placing their right palms over their left chests. Those in military, scouting, citizen’s military training and security guard uniforms shall give the salute prescribed by their regulations. The salute shall be completed upon the last note of the anthem.
The anthem shall not be played and sung for mere recreation, amusement or entertainment purposes except on the following occasions:
a. International competitions where the Philippines is the host or has a representative;
b. Local competitions;
c. During “signing off” and “signing on” of radio broadcasting and television stations;
d. Before the initial and last screening of films or before the opening of theater performances; and
e. Other occasions as may be allowed by the Institute.”
According to Section 50 of this provision that tackles on penalties-” Any person or judicial entity which violates any of the provisions of this Act shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than Five thousand pesos (5,000.00) not more than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00), or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court: Provided, That for any second and additional offenses, both fine and imprisonment shall always be imposed: Provided, That in case the violation is commited by a juridical person, its President or Chief Executive Officer thereof shall be liable.”
Here is the said controversial video:
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