Gosh, you guys, this woman just didn’t want to be late for work.
A woman now has to attend a police station’s flag raising ceremony weekly for a month all because she didn’t stop while the Philippine national anthem Lupang Hinirang was being played at the Kalibo Municipal Police Station’s flag-raising ceremony on Monday.
And she did it with good reason.
Apparently, the woman, who works in a nearby office, was in a hurry because she did not want to be late for work, Bombo Radyo reported today.
She could have gotten away with it too if she didn’t walk right in front of a line of police officers.
Police Superintendent Richard Mepania noticed her pass by at around 7:30am, the report added.
She was found guilty of violating Republic Act (R.A.) No. 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines. The law states that when the anthem is played at a public place, everyone should stand at attention and even “sing with fervor.”
Those found guilty of violating the law could be fined not less than PHP5,000 (US$92.79) and not more than PHP20,000 (US$371.18), be imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
The woman apologized for the incident so Police Superintendent Mepania let her off with a much smaller punishment — she has to attend the police station’s flag ceremony every Monday for a month.
Not that bad, considering.
As crazy as it sounds, this is not the first time someone has been cited for disrespecting the national anthem.
In September, 34 moviegoers were arrested in Batangas for not standing up for the Lupang Hinirang before the movie was screened.