Pokwang in hot water for illegal display of RP flag
FOR displaying boxing gloves with the Philippine flag design, ABS- CBN’s comedienne Pokwang and Wowowee’s producers are in hot water.
This developed as Malacañang is backing a measure approved in third and final reading at the House of Representatives imposing stiffer penalties of up to two-year imprisonment and fine of P100,000 for violations of the Philippine flag law.
The new measure by Marikina City Rep. Del de Guzman is an amendment of Republic Act No. 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines issued last February 12, which increases the penalties against violators of the law from not less than P5,000 but not more than P20,000, and to not more than one year imprisonment, or both.
Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said that the Palace is supporting the measure to further instill our sense of patriotism especially following the celebration last June 12 of our 111th Independence Day.
Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson Ma. Consoliza P. Laguardia said that the MTRCB will still call the attention of the ABS-CBN especially the producers of the Willie Revillame-starrer “Wowowee” TV show.
Laguardia said that the board has conducted three weeks ago a free seminar to all TV networks in the country about the provisions and penalties imposed in the Philippine flag law.
Laguardia disclosed that “Pokwang has readily apologized on air after she committed the grave mistake.”
Nonetheless, the board hinted that Pokwang is not yet off the hook.
It will be recalled that concert king Martin Nievera drew the flak owing to his wrong rendition of the Philippine National Anthem or “Lupang Hinirang” violative of the law during the May 5 Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton bout at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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