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GenSan Councilor Blando criticized for hands in pocket during anthem

Netizens were ticked over General Santos City Councilor Jonathan Blando’s faux pas during Monday’s flag raising ceremony.

The councilor, wearing dark aviator glasses, was seen standing with his hands in his pockets during the playing of the national anthem.

Republic Act No. 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines mandates that “reverence and respect shall at all times be accorded the flag, the anthem and other national symbols which embody the national ideals and traditions and which express the principles of sovereignty and national solidarity.”

During the flag-raising ceremony, all persons present shall place their right palms over their chests and shall stand in formation facing the flag, the law also prescribed.

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