One of the most important symbols of our independence is our national flag. We must respect it with or without any supervision or rule as a simple way of recognizing it’s essence and especially treats it with utmost respect in honor to the heroes who risked their lives to enjoy the freedom that we enjoy right now. In other words, it is a must.
During the time of our national heroes fighting for the freedom of this country among foreign colonizers, the patriotism is strong and it may sound cliché but most of them are taking their strength and outpouring love for the country through our flag and national anthem.
Remembering our school days, every morning we are instructed to line up, stand straight, put our right hand on our left chest and sing the National Anthem “Lupang Hinirang” loud and proud during the flag raising ceremony.
However, some people seem to forget that we should abide this respect to the flag especially when we are outside the campus.
Just like what happened to 20-years-old Bayle Einstein Gonzales from Clark, Pampanga who learned his lesson the hard way and didn’t expect what will happen to him.
Apparently, Bayle was arrested after not paying respect by standing up when the National Anthem was played in the cinema.
According to GMA News’ report, cinema officer Elmer Cato instructed the young man to stand up twice while the National Anthem was playing but he ignored the officer and remained seated and continue munching on his popcorn.
So the cinema stuff decided to call the attention of police officers to arrest Bayle for taking the flag and National Anthem for granted.
Bayle and a lot of Filipino citizens do not know that House Bill 5224 mandates a strict rule on showing respect to our national symbols; it was approved earlier this year.
Because of this, Bayle will be facing charges in violation of the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines with a fine of P5,000 to P20,000 and a punishment of about a year imprisonment.
Watch GMA News’ report below:
Let Bayle’s experience be a lesson to everybody to always pay respect to our national flag no matter where you are.