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4 foreigners arrested for destroying PH flag

June 28, 2023 Jane Eleda 357 views

CAMP BRIG. GEN. VICENTE LIM, Canlubang, Calamba City, Laguna – Three Pakistani nationals and a Romanian were arrested for destroying a Philippine flag at the Marine Base Gregorio Lim in Sitio Calumpang, Bgy. Sapang 1, Ternate, Cavite.

A report submitted to Police Regional Office 4A (Calabarzon) Director Brig. Gen. Carlito Gaces, nabbed were Sharoon Manzoor, 29; Shahid Manzoor, 45; and Shamail Jalal, 36, all Pakistani nationals of Pasig City, and their Romanian companion Ioan Emil Oprescu, 35, of Taguig City.

Investigators said that prior to the arrest, the suspects were on their way to Puerto Azul, but apparently got upset after spending several hours in the middle of a traffic jam.

After reaching the vicinity of the Marine Base, the suspects alighted from their vehicle and for no apparent reason suddenly took the flag from the pole and took turns tearing it.

A Marine soldier saw the incident and immediately called the Ternate Police Station.

“The act of these foreign nationals is not only disrespectful but also a breach of the national symbol’s dignity. The flag, a revered representation of national identity and sovereignty of the country, deserves utmost respect from all individuals regardless of their nationality,” Gaces said.

“We strongly condemn any act that undermines the values of cultural sensitivity, cooperation, and harmony between nations,” the Calabarzon top cop added.

Under Section 34 of Republic Act 8491, it is unlawful to mutilate, deface, defile, trample on, or cast contempt any act or omission casting dishonor or ridicule upon the flag over its surface.

“The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of educating individuals about the significance of national symbols and the responsibility we all bear in treating these symbols with dignity and honor. We will also be coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration for possible deportation proceedings against the four foreign nationals,” Gaces said.

A case for violation of Section 34 (i) Paragraph (a) of Republic Act 8491 or An Act Prescribing The Code of the National Flag was filed against the arrested foreign nationals.

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