MANILA, Philippines – Pop diva Madonna faces another controversy in the Asian leg of her Rebel Heart concert, this time on the use of the Philippine flag during her performance in Manila.
In an interview on dzBB on Friday, February 26, an official of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) criticized Madonna for draping herself with the Philippine flag on stage, claiming that she violated the law on proper flag handling.
NHCP Heraldry Section chief Teodoro Atienza said she violated Republic Act 8491, which prohibited wearing the flag “in whole or in part as a costume or uniform.”
Atienza added that Madonna also allowed the flag she was wearing to touch the stage floor, which is another violation of the law.
“Ginawa pong katawa-tawa ang ating watawat (She ridiculed our flag),” he said.
Atienza said she and her producers will be held responsible for this violation, even if they’re not aware of the law.
“Maari po silang ma-deport at hindi na makabalik sa bansa (They may be deported and might not be able to return to the country),” Atienza said.
Madonna has courted controversy since bringing her tour to Asia this month.
Apart from the Manila incident, she also draped herself with the Taiwanese flag during a concert in Taipei, which angered locals.