The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) saw it and quoted the Flag Law in a statement dated Jan. 2, 2020: “When the National Anthem is played… as a sign of respect, all persons shall stand at attention… shall execute salute by placing their right palms over their chests… [and that] the National Anthem shall not be played or sung for mere recreation or entertainment purposes.”
The NHCP also reminded the public that violators of the Flag Law will be penalized with a fine of P5,000 to P20,000 or imprisonment of not more than one year.
Filipino fans were upset by Bretman’s video, calling him disrespectful for making fun of the national anthem.
Here’s the tea: As much as we love Bretman, we can’t really defend his actions. Just because he’s a popular public figure doesn’t mean he gets a pass for violating the law. If he does get penalized for the video he posted, we hope he faces the consequences and learns from it.
But does Bretman deserve the public chastising he’s getting on social media? Not really.
When you look at the reactions to the controversy, you’ll see people wishing that Bretman would be thrown in jail and disowning him for not upholding nationalism as a Filipino. This begs the question: Are people mad because Bretman broke a law or are they simply looking for a reason to cancel him?
Again, we’re not excusing Bretman’s actions and he should learn from the netizens who educated him on the matter. But we don’t think this is something worth cancelling him for, especially since he’s already apologized and hasn’t committed similar offenses since.
Besides, does hating on Bretman make these netizens more patriotic than him? No, not necessarily.