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Mar Roxas and 7 other senatorial candidates appeared to be transgressing the National Flag code with this poster

Prominent politician Mar Roxas and seven other senatorial candidates may have transgressed the National Flag code with their poster.

Since the 2019 midterm election is fast approaching, political candidates are starting to create ways to be noticed.

Those who are running for Senators coming from the opposition or the Otso Diretso had a poster that appeared to be against the National Flag Code.

mar roxas otso diretso
Photo source: Rappler

Netizen Jane Abao shared a photo of the said poster on Facebook. In the photo, the names of Mar Roxas, Pilo Hilbay, Gary Alejano, Samira Gutoc, Chel Diokno, Romy Macalintal, Erin Tanada, and Bam Aquino were written under “Team Pilipina“.

The netizen also cited a portion of RA 8491 Section 34:
“IT IS PROHIBITED TO “mutilate, deface, defile, trample on or cast contempt or commit any act or omission casting dishonor or ridicule upon the flag or over its surface.”
IPINAGBABAWAL: Ang pagbubutas, pagwawasak, pagdungisan, pagyurak o gumawa ng anumang pagkilos.. o panlilibak sa bandila o sa ibabaw nito.

Furthermore, the netizen elaborated in a comment that “Kung sino man ang gumawa nito at nagcooperate despite na nalaman niya na nandoon ang pangalan niya, ay mananagot sa korte. Kung ikakaso po ito, korte ang bahala.”

In the photo, a woman who was standing in front of the Philippine flag was dressed in blue and red as if she was a part of it. Her necklace with a star pendant served as the third star in the flag.

mar roxas team pilipinas
Photo source: Jane Abao FB
This is stated in RA 8491 Section 34:

It shall be prohibited
a. To mutilate, deface, defile, trample, on or cast contempt any act or omission casting dishonor or ridicule upon the flag over its surface;
b. To dip the flag to any person or object by way of compliment or salute;
c. To use the flag:
1. As a drapery, festoon, tablecloth
2. As covering for ceilings, walls, statues or other objects;
3. As a pennant in the hood, side, back and top of motor vehicles;
4. As a staff or whip;
5. For unveiling monuments or statues; and
6. As trademarks or for industrial, commercial or agricultural labels or designs.
d. Display the flag:
1. Under any painting or picture
2. Horizontally face-up. It shall always be hoisted aloft and be allowed to fall freely;
3. Below any platform; or
4. In discotheques, cockpits, night and day clubs, casinos, gambling joints and places of vice or where frivolity prevails.
e. To wear the flag in whole or in part as a costume or uniform;
f. To add any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawings, advertisements, or imprint of any nature on the flag;
g. To print, paint or attach representation of the flag on handkerchiefs, napkins, cushions, and other articles of merchandise;
h. To display in public any foreign flag, except in embassies and other diplomatic establishments, and in offices of international organizations.
i. To use, display or be part of any advertisement of infomercial; and
j. To display the flag in front of buildings or offices occupied by aliens.

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