By Francis Wakefield
Television director and political activist Mae Paner, popularly known as ‘Juana Change’, is in hot water for desecrating the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Battle Dress Uniform or BDU during Monday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) rallies in Quezon City.
In a Facebook post, the Philippine Army Recruitment Office reminded everybody, especially civilians, that it is illegal for civilians to wear AFP uniforms.
“Juana Change is not even a Reservist, and she’s desecrating the AFP Battle Dress Uniform) in a public demonstration,” the PARO said in the Facebook post.
“The AFP should file a case against her ASAP,” it added.
As of 9 a.m. Thursday, the post had already gone viral with 1,700 likes, 770 shares and 446 comments.
One poster identified as Ronald Rivera Bulan was in favor of filing a case against Paner stating “Tama! Kasuhan nyo. Abusado. Para matauhan ang walang hiya.”
Another poster identified as Reinoel Valero also criticized Paner for desecrating the military uniform.
“Bastos! Filipino soldiers are risking their lives so you will enjoy the freedom and yet binababoy mo sila,” Valero said.
Another poster identified as Joffrey Ballon Domacena said Paner should be charged with Illegal Use of Uniforms.
The AFP leadership has yet to make a statement on the issue.