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Sing the Philippine national anthem with fervor or go to prison

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives in the Philippines approved a new bill stating that Filipinos are required to sing the national anthem when it is played in public, and that they must do so with gusto or face a prison sentence of up to a year and a fine of $1,000 to $2,000.

They must also be sure to put their right palms over their hearts. The military must give a specific salute on the last note of the anthem.

A second infraction would include another fine coupled with prison time, and even “public censure” in a newspaper. The tempo must be restricted to a fervent and strident 100-120 BPM. Sing your heart out, or go to jail.

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