Way back Grade School days, we were already taught how to respect the memento of nobility, bravery and the sacrifices of our heroes who fought for our independence. Moreover, we were also introduced to the importance of our National symbols and how to treat them. During flag ceremonies, we tend to stop and to place our right hands on our left chest to honor our National Hymn and National Flag. There was even a law that mandates how to take care of our National Flag. According to the Section 34 of the Republic Act No. 8491 also known as the “Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines”;
But it looks like not everyone is aware of the existence of the law because lately, a video of a male student who used the Philippine Flag as a mop has gone viral on social media. The video is posted on the Facebook Page of Filipino Netizens.
The Philippine Flag was attached to a stick as he started mopping it on the floor. It is assumed that it was all a prank because giggles can be heard in the background. Someone even cursed “Gago” before the video was cut. However because of the low quality of the video, the identity of the student is still to be known.
A lot of the netizens expressed disappointment and hate towards the (assumed) minor.
Hindi ganyan ang tamang pagtrato sa Watawat ng Pilipinas
TAMANG PAGTRATO AT PANGANGALAGA SA WATAWAT NG PILIPINASAng REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8491 ay kilala rin bilang "Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines"- Hindi dapat madumihan o pinababayang sumayad o nakalaylay sa lupa ang watawat- Hindi ito dapat ginagamit na pantakip sa pader, estatwa o kung anumang bagay- Hindi ginagamit ang watawat bilang palamuti o pantakip sa kahit anong parte ng mga sasakyan.- Hindi ito dapat makikita, inilalagay o isinasabit sa mga lugar tulad ng sabungan, casino, kung ano mang pasugalan- Ang pagdadagdag ng salita, pigura, marka, litrato o disenyo sa watawat ay mahigpit na ipinagbabawal- Hindi dapat ginagawang damit o pantalon ang watawat- Sa pagtupi ng bandila, dapat pa-trayangulo. Tanging ang kulay asul na parte at ang isang bituin nito ang dapat nakikita at walang kahit anong parte ng kulay pulaNaku. mukhang di alam ng estudyante na to ang ginagawa niya, Tsk... Tsk... Tsk...Credit To: Filipino NetizensTNP - Trending News Portal
Posted by TNP - Trending News Portal on Tuesday, February 9, 2016
While another netizen named, William Recarte posted “Sikat na tong batang to! napanood ka na namen sa TV Patrol! antayin mo na lang yung subphoena mo bata! pati ng eskwelahan mo! goodluck sa rason/alibi ninyo! pasenciahan, iyakan at patawaran/dramahan blues nanaman to!...”
Meanwhile, other netizens find overreaction toward others’ comments and said that they also need to apply and to practice patriotism in real life.