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Filipinos Could be Fined for Not Singing National Anthem ‘Enthusiastically’

The Philippine House of Representatives has passed a bill requiring that the national anthem be sung with ‘fervor’ in public events. If not one could face very stiff fines. According to the Philippine inquierer “under the proposed measure, singing along when the anthem is played at public gatherings “shall be mandatory and must be done with fervor.” It may be noted the current flag code, enacted in 1998, did not use the word “mandatory” when it directed public attendees to sing along during gatherings. Inquirer Article The inquirer also added “The House bill also seeks to standardize the proper rendition of Lupang Hinirang in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe: in 2/4 beat when played, and within the range of 100 to 120 metronome, in 4/4 beat when sang.”

The bill passed the House of Representatives and is waiting approval in the Senate. There doesn’t appear to be much organized opposition to this. The comments section of the inquirer, however, don’t seem to indicate a positive reaction:

Philippinefails writes

“The Philippines is the #1 global source for online childe pronography and this is what the government is wasting time with! Recto university is out there manufacturing fraudulent documents of every kind, citizens pollute the air by open burning, drivers ignore the laws and drive drunken and dangerously and THIS is what the government is wasting its time with???

The ONLY time I ever hear the national anthem is right before the mall opens it’s doors. How fitting for such a horrid culture.

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Al writes

mga inutil na Congressman! mag Maute nalang siguro ko kung ing ani ka mga inutil ang nas goberno.

Jess writes

What utter idiocy is this? Why should it be mandatory to sing the anthem? What about senior citizens who are suffering from memory lapses or Alzheimer’s disease? How can you compel them to sing a song if they cannot remember the lyrics?

Useless and worthless congressmen, we have.

What do you think? Should people be required to sing the Lupang Hinirang? Let us know below!

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