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Nobody Tell Trump About Philippines Bill Requiring 'Enthusiastic' Singing Of National Anthem
'Please, no tongue. I'm not that kind of banner.'
This one worries us a bit, knowing how much Donald Trump admires Rodrigo Duterte, murderous nationalist president of the Philippines: That country's House of Representatives passed a bill Monday requiring that people must sing the national anthem whenever it's played in public, and they'd darn well better mean it:
If the bill, which will be considered by the Senate, is approved and signed into law, a failure to sing the anthem, “Lupang Hinirang,” with sufficient energy would be punishable by up to year in prison and a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 pesos, or about $1,000 to $2,000. A second offense would include both a fine and prison time, and violators would be penalized by “public censure” in a newspaper.
“The singing shall be mandatory and must be done with fervor,” the bill states.
The bill also specifies the anthem must be performed at a tempo between 100 and 120 beats per minute, and also that schools ensure that all children memorize the song. It apparently doesn't say anything about whether presidents are either required to or forbidden from dancing around like a toddler with a full bladder during the anthem.
— Charlotte Morabito (@MorabitoCM) May 29, 2017