- Tito Sen wants to change lines of Lupang Hinirang
- He suggested changing the last line of the anthem to a commitment to defending the country’s independence instead of the willingness to sacrifice their lives for the nation in times of oppression
- Senator Richard Gordon agreed that the last line of the anthem should be revised
Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday raised the possibility of changing what he called the “defeatist” lyrics of the national anthem.
Sotto wants to change Lupang Hinirang lines “Aming ligaya na ‘pag may mang-aapi, ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo” to “Aming ligaya na ‘pag may mang-aapi, ang ipaglaban ang kalayaan mo.”
He said he prefers the latter, as it shares, as per ABS-CBN News, a commitment to defending the country’s independence compared to the former which is about the Filipinos’ willingness to sacrifice their lives for the nation in the face of oppression.
GMA News quoted him saying, “a number of years already, some people and mostly composers and writers I have been rubbing elbows with have told me that the last two lines of the Philippine national anthem sound like a defeatist attitude.”
The lawmaker, who is also a composer, said the question bugged him for years.
“Is there a possibility of taking a second look at the national anthem. It’s in the same law. I’m not suggesting it right now, I’m just saying that you might as well look into the entire law and that includes the Philippine national anthem,” he said.
He further suggested for the Senate Committee to study his suggestion and consult it with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA).
Sotto shared his suggestion during the interpellation on Richard Gordon’s co-sponsored Senate Bill 102 which aims to increase the sun’s rays in the flag to represent Muslim leaders.
Gordon agreed the last line of the anthem should be revised; a quote from the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr., “The Filipino is worth dying for” should be added, he said.