The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is planning legal action in opposition to a feminine comic who wore a army uniform at a protest.
According to the government-run Philippine News Agency, Mae Paner, higher referred to as ‘Juana Change’ was in violation of a number of legal guidelines when she appeared in camouflage garb outdoors President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address on Monday.
Brigadier General Restituto Padilla mentioned immediately (Thursday, July 27) that she had “inappropriately used our military uniform and disrespected it since she is not a member of the AFP nor a part of our Reservists Corps.”
He continued: “Her act of illegally utilizing an AFP uniform is in violation of Article 179 of the RPC (Revised Penal Code) (or the Unauthorised Use of Uniforms) and RA (Republic Act) 493 (or the Prohibition of Use of Insignias, Decorations, Badges and patches prescribed for the AFP.
“We will take the necessary legal action to hold Ms Paner accountable.”
He added that every of the comic’s public appearances in uniform would rely as a separate violation and “compound her legal liabilities”.
A separate assertion launched by AFP officers urged civilians to not put on army uniform with out authorisation, as a result of it “impacts negatively on the image of the Philippine Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines”.
The assertion additionally pointed to the safety implications of wearing army garb, as “lawless elements have often worn military uniforms to carry out atrocious activities”.
The assertion continued: “We must instil pride in the service and in the uniform and accord it due respect.”
If discovered responsible, the comic might face a jail sentence of as much as two years.
Today she up to date her Facebook web page, thanking each her supporters and detractors for the eye.
“Thank you for the love and attention. Supporters and bashers please deepen the discourse. I [heart] U,” she wrote.