Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary Alejano has allegedly proposed to change the Philippine National Anthem.
Alejano was said to have filed the said House Bill 5867 about replacing “Lupang Hinirang” as the national anthem with an undisclosed song, according to the story we found at topnewsph.info.
He reasoned that doing so would “rid it of the vestiges of colonialism; establish the national identity; and define how the nation, people, and national language would be addressed internationally.”
Alejano reportedly said that he made the proposal as many Filipinos find it hard to memorize “Lupang Hinirang” because it uses “deep language.” He suggested that the new song remove words such as “alab, pasisiil, dilag, luwalhati” and other words from the anthem.
The lawmaker was even quoted saying: “Younger generation are getting the song harder to understand dahil sa malalim na tagalog. Kailangan palitan ng mga simpleng words lang para madaling maintindihan.”
However, the only source of that statement was topnewsph.info.
The last two sentences in the story were copied right off the GMA News Online report on July 13 about Alejano filing House Bill 5867 to have the Philippines renamed.
Even this statement was copied from the same report, although the story replaced the phrase “renaming the country” with “changing the national anthem.”
However, the GMA News Online report did not mention anything about Alejano’s bill wanting to replace “Lupang Hinirang” as the national anthem. This is obviously a made-up story by topnewsph.info. We found a “source” link below the story and it led us to an okd2.com page, which is another noted fake news site.
We also found out that topnewsph.info carried other fake stories, such as Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s daughter slamming Kitty Duterte’s looks, former Sen. Bongbong Marcos winning in the areas he protested for electoral fraud, September 21 protesters from Visayas and Mindanao stranded in Batangas port, Liberal Party and Bayan blaming each other over who should have fed these protesters.
But many netizens already believed the story to be true as they lambasted Alejano over a fake news story that they could have immediately debunked if they read some more about the story’s claims.
Facebook page Dugong Maharlika shared the fake story, with the comments section filled with unjustified hatred towards Alejano over a made-up story.
Sources: ( gmanetwork.com )