By MB Online
The Batangas Police arrested 34 moviegoers who did not stand up while the Philippine national anthem was being played before the screening of the film “The Hows of Us” in Lemery town in Batangas on Wednesday.
According to Batangas police chief Senior Superintendent Edwin Quilates, the operatives of the station conducted “OPLAN Bandila” which led to the arrest of the suspects for violation of Republict Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.
“This serves as a stern warning to everyone that we shall at all times give due respect to the Philippine national anthem while it is being played,” said police senior inspector Hazel Luma-Ang Suarez.
As stated under Section 38 of RA 8491: “When the national anthem is played at a public gathering, whether by a band or by singing or both, or reproduced by any means, the attending public shall sing the anthem. The singing must be done with fervor.”
“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,” it added.