DOJ ready to probe 'wrong rendition' of Philippine national anthem during Pacquiao-Clottey fight

March 15, 2010 11:37 pm 

MANILA, March 15 — Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary and concurrent Solicitor General Alberto Agra on Monday said that they are ready to investigate the alleged wrong rendition of the Philippine National Anthem during the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight on Sunday.

Agra stressed that if ever a case is filed regarding the improper singing of the national anthem, they will immediately form a panel of prosecutors specifically assigned to conduct the investigation.

If found guilty of violating Republic Act 8491, the singer may be imprisoned for not more than one year and fined from P5,000 up to P20,000.

However, the National Historical Institute (NHI) clarified on Monday that they have not yet filed a criminal case against singer Arnel Pineda in connection with the wrong rendition of "Lupang Hinirang" during the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey boxing bout on Sunday.

According to Prof. Teddy Atienza, chief of the Heraldy section of the NHI, at present they are still gathering a video footage of Pineda's singing of the national anthem in the Pacquiao-Clottey fight.

After this, they will file a report before the NHI board who will determine whether Pineda will be charged before the DOJ.

However, Atienza said that they are ready to forgive if Pineda asks for an apology by way of helping in the campaign of the NHI to educate the public on the proper singing of the national anthem.

Atienza added that the explanation of Pineda that his rendition of "Lupang Hinirang" was from the bottom of his heart was not enough as there is a law regarding the proper way of singing the national anthem. (PNA)

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