Sen. Sotto wants to revised the last line of the Philippine national anthem

Despite of many problems that the Philippines are facing right now, lawmakers still found the time to discuss an important topic - a proposed revision in the lyrics of the Philippine national anthem. 

While the committee are busy deliberating the report of Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon Senate Bill No. 102 or the measure that seeks to increase the number of the sun's rays in the Philippine flag from eight to nine, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that they might as well consider taking a "second look" the last line of the Lupang Hinirang, "Ang mamatay ng dahil sa 'yo" to "Ang ipaglaban ang kalayaan mo."

Gordon's Senate Bill No.102, which aims to increase the number of rays in the sun of the Philippine flag would represent Muslim leaders. Sotto also pointed out that RA 8491 also prescribed the lyrics of the national anthem in Section 36, and suggested that Gordon might consider this.

"A number of years already some people and mostly composers who I've been rubbing elbows with have told me that the last two lines of the Philippine National anthem sounds like a defeatist attitude," Sotto pointed out.

"Patay na agad eh," he added.

Gordon did not oppose to Sotto's proposal to revise the national anthem, in fact,  agreed to revised the last line of the anthem.

Julian Felipe composed Lupang Hinirang in 1892, and Jose Palma wrote its lyrics a year after.

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