September 21, 2017, Manila Philippines – The President allowed any person or group to publicly shout their hail against the government, police and the whole administration.
And as expected, many people showed their own ways of letting their voices be heard. But an attempt to show patrionism has gone wrong.
An unidentified woman was seen wearing the Philippine flag as a costume on the day of protest.
Truly, when one has given too much freedom, they can forget that everything has it’s limitation, including democracy.
The photo was taken by the Philippine Daily Inquirer during the September 21 rally of the Liberal party, renouncing the Duterte government for alleged human rights violations and other sins against the people.
The Facebook page”Digong” has alerted the social media about the Philippine that the woman in the photo had just possible violated.
The OP wrote a caption that reads:
You can petition the govt for its abuses and lapses but that does not mean you can blatantly violate our law especially RA 8491 also known as the AN ACT PRESCRIBING THE CODE OF THE NATIONAL FLAG, ANTHEM, MOTTO, COAT-OF-ARMS AND OTHER HERALDIC ITEMS AND DEVICES OF THE PHILIPPINES.
Section 34 (prohibited acts) paragraph E. “To wear the flag in whole or in part as a costume or uniform”.
So what awaits to the guilty party? Let us read Section 50 of RA 8491 to know the appropriate penalties for any violator.
Section 50. Any person or juridical 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 (P5,000) nor more than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000), 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, further, That in case the violation is committed by a juridical person, its President or Chief Executive Officer thereof shall be liable.