The new leader of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, is being helped by the legislature there in turning that country into a full-on fascist state. Now they’re passing a bill to punish those who don’t sing the national anthem with sufficient gusto and enthusiasm.
The Philippine House of Representatives has approved a bill making enthusiastic singing of the national anthem compulsory.
“The singing shall be mandatory and must be done with fervour,” the bill states. The word “mandatory” is not in the existing legislation…
Punishment for breaking the rules could include a fine of 50,000-100,000 pesos (£780-£1,560; $2,800-$5,590).
That fine is substantially more than the current minimum and maximum of 5,000-20,000 pesos (£78-£312).
Offenders will also be issued a warning before being publicly “named and shamed” in a national newspaper.
“Any act which casts contempt, dishonour or ridicule upon the national anthem shall be penalised,” the bill says.
No wonder Trump loves this guy so much. Peas in a pod.