A Filipino student used a Philippine flag as a floor mop, and is now being heavily criticized on social media. A video of the disrespectful act was taken, and was uploaded at Filipino Netizens Facebook page a few hours ago. Watch it below, as you can hear one of his classmates laughing. Some of them condemn his cat, but did not try to stop him.
According to the caption on the video, the student (we assume that he is in high school) is disrespectful not only to the Philippine flag but also to the society he lives in. The caption also asks the student if his teachers did not teach him how to treat our flag properly. The name of the student and his school were not mentioned, along with the date when the video was taken.
The face of the student cannot be seen clearly, but he was wearing a school uniform and ID while using the Philippine flag to mop the floor of their classroom. As you can see on the 22-second video, he seems to be enjoying what he does, and repeatedly clean the floor as if he is using the proper cleaning tool. He didn’t mind one of his classmates calling him “Gago” (dumb).
In case you don’t know, Republic Act No. 8491 (Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines) Section 34-a states that, “it shall be prohibited to mutilate, deface, defile, trample, on or cast contempt any act or omission casting dishonor or ridicule upon the flag over its surface.” Section 34-b – “to dip the flag to any person or object by way of compliment or salute.”
In the same Act, among other prohibitions include using the Philippine flag “as a drapery, festoon, tablecloth; as covering for ceilings, walls, statues or other objects; as a pennant in the hood, side, back and top of motor vehicles; as a staff or whip; for unveiling monuments or statues; and as trademarks or for industrial, commercial or agricultural labels or designs.”
Section 50 states that, “Any person or judicial 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 (5,000.00) not more than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00), or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court.”
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We assume that the student is only playing, and he didn’t realize that what he did is strictly prohibited by law. But yes, ignorance of the law is not an excuse. Unfortunately for the student, he decided to learn the lesson the hard way.