Escudero is okay with the order of the Bagong Pilipinas hymn

Senate President Francis Escudero Supports Inclusion of “Bagong Pilipinas” Hymn in Flag-Raising Ceremonies

MANILA, Philippines—Senate President Francis Escudero expressed his support for President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.’s directive to include the “Bagong Pilipinas” (New Philippines) hymn and pledge in the weekly flag-raising ceremonies of government offices and institutions.

Escudero mentioned that as an independent branch of government, the Senate is not covered by the President’s directive. However, he emphasized that there is nothing wrong with promoting hope, unity, and progress through the hymn and pledge.

He further stated that singing or reciting the hymn and pledge serves as a reminder to government officials of their responsibilities and accountability to the Filipino people, especially in educational institutions.

Although Escudero is not against the directive, he referred the matter to the Senate Secretariat for further study on its inclusion in the Senate’s flag ceremony.

President Marcos’ order, outlined in Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 52 issued on June 4, directs all government agencies, instrumentalities, and educational institutions to integrate the Bagong Pilipinas Hymn and Pledge into their weekly flag ceremonies. Local government units are also encouraged to follow suit.

Contrary to Escudero’s views, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel believes that the MC is insufficient to mandate the singing of the hymn. Pimentel suggested that the executive branch should consider filing a bill to amend existing laws governing the national anthem, pledge, and flag-raising ceremonies.

Escudero expressed confidence that a bill amending Republic Act No. 8491, the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, would be proposed to formally include the “Bagong Pilipinas” hymn and pledge in all official occasions, including those in the private sector.

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