Anti-Duterte protester, at risk of landing in jail after wearing the Philippine flag as costume

“Ignorance of the law excuses no one” as the quotation goes, living in democracy allows a person to shout out to the gov’t their petition of its lapses and abuses but this does not allow anyone to openly violate the law.

During the national day of protest as declared by President Rodrigo Duterte, anyone was given the freedom to express anything by any means, yet it seems that several protesters forgot that the Philippines is still governed by the law.

Such one example was the photos on Facebook showing a lady wearing the Philippine Flag during her protest.

The photos wrote a caption the 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”.

Expressing one's patriotism is enshrined in the Philippine Constitution, but wearing the Philippine flag as your costume in street protest could land you in jail.

let us read Section 50 of RA 8491 to know the appropriate penalties for violator.

"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."

Source:   Digong FB Page

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