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Caught on Video: Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla says sorry for writing note during ‘Lupang Hinirang’, gets the ire of netizens

Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla caught taking notes during flag ceremony

Cavite 7th District Representative Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla made headlines again after he was caught on camera doing something as the session attendees sang the Lupang Hinirang or the national anthem of the Philippines during the hearing for ABS-CBN Network’s franchise renewal on Tuesday, June 29.

A short clip showing his disrespect for the country’s national anthem has been making rounds on social media since this morning and has already garnered over 800 thousand views and various reactions from netizens as of this writing.

This act, plus his abrupt manner talking to ABS-CBN’s representatives, has earned him the tag as Philippine Congress’ new “King of Disrespect”.

To recall, the 59-year-old politician rudely cut off ABS-CBN legal counsel Atty. Cynthia Del Castillo who was speaking during the congress hearing for the Kapamilya Network’s franchise renewal last June 11.

His rude manner went viral and because of this, he became the target of criticisms and comparisons online.

Whether it was intentional or not, his behavior did not sit well with the netizens who were able to watch the short clip.

Some called out the attention of the congressman and Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability and they lambasted him for dishonoring the Philippine flag.

Some even cited that what he did was a violation of the constitution and should be penalized accordingly.

The Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, states, “Reverence and respect shall at all times be accorded the flag, the anthem, and other national symbols which embody the national ideals and traditions and which express the principles of sovereignty and national solidarity.” 

Section 38 also mandated that a Filipino must salute to the flag while the national anthem is being played.

Section 50 also stated that any person who violates it shall pay a fine amounting to 50,000 or by imprisonment of not more than one year. In the case that the violation is committed by a juridical person, ” its President or Chief Executive Officer thereof shall be liable.”

Others have also commented that what is there to expect from a man who does not even respect a human, much more of a national anthem?

Here are some of the netizens’ reactions online:

Meanwhile, after learning about the viral clip showing an unethical incident, Remulla issued an apology.

On Wednesday, July 1, he said, “I’d like to apologize for an earlier incident na ako po’y may sinusuluat na note nung nagf-flag ceremony tayo.”

Along with his apology, the congressman blamed ABS-CBN whom he believed spread the video. “As usual, the ABS-CBN people are the ones playing it up now on social media. But I will forgive them.”

Furthermore, he said, “Ang sa akin ho, I wrote the note—hindi ko ho excuse ‘to—because something went into my mind for the questions I will ask tonight… Ako’y humihingi ng dispensa sa ating mga kababayan.”

Despite his apology, many netizens are crying for a legal process on the matter just like what happened to those who disrespected the national anthem and the flag.

Back in 2018, 34 people were arrested by the police after failing to stand up during the playing of the National Anthem in a movie theater in Batangas.

In the same year, a guy was also arrested by police for not standing up to honor the flag while the national anthem is playing.




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