Sotto wants to revise the national anthem,'Lupang Hinirang'

Sotto wants to revise the national anthem,'Lupang Hinirang'

We were just devastated by a category 5 super typhoon in Ompong and the Senate President just shot himself in the foot.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto with all the problems the country is  facing wants to change the Philippine National anthem- Lupang Hinirang.

He explains that the current last line in the national anthem presents or conveys a “defeatist’ attitude in defending the freedom of the oppressed.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto (photo credit to CNNPhils)

Instead of singing "Aming ligaya ng 'pag may mag-aapi, ang mamatay nang dahil sa'yo [ Our desire is to die for you in the face of oppression]" he said he would change the last phrase to "ang ipaglaban ang kalayaan mo [our desire is to fight for your freedom in the face of oppression]" 

"Parang defeatist 'yung last line sapagkat na imbis lumaban, mamatay…dapat laban, hindi patay," Sotto said

Malacañang thru Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said they would defer the suggestion of Sotto to Congress. He emphasize that there are more pressing matters that government needs to attend to.

"Iniiwan na po namin yan sa Kongreso. Mas maraming mas matitinding problema na dapat harapin. Bahala na po ang Kongreso diyan," Roque said.

Senator Sotto is not the only sitting senator who wants to change something in the country’s national symbols.

Senator Richard Gordon thru a bill opts to add a ninth ray to the sun in the Philippine national flag that would represent the Muslim leaders who also fought for the country against foreign invaders. The current bill is already on the third and final reading and can be expected to be passed before the year ends.
Sen. Gordon's bill is erroneous
Historian Vic Torres, finds fault in Senator Gordon's "Ninth Ray bill", saying that sun rays actually represent the first provinces that Spain placed under Martial Law and not the first areas that revolted against Spain.The eight existing rays represent Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, and Morong, which is present-day Rizal.

Torres stressed that the Philippine flag should remain as is. "That erroneous assumption was the one that was lobbed in place in the bill that would add a ninth ray is again erroneous," Torres said.
Torres adds that Muslims in Mindanao were never colonized by Spain, but fought Spanish incursions since day one.


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  1. My two cents' worth: The tempo of our National Anthem was created during a time of war; hence the overall martial tune and lyrics of the anthem. Now that we are at peace, shouln't we alter the tempo to one that is more like we have a peaceful and serene atmosphere in the PHil? We don't have to change the tune, only the tempo. The lyrics should stay as it is, they are beautifully composed.