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.
This is the hard lesson the unidentified woman in the photo must learn that freedom and democracy has limits too.
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.
Photo credit: Inquirer
The Facebook page “Digong” alerted the social media regarding the Philippine law that woman in the photo has just possibly violated a Philippine law by uploading the photo on social media.
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.