Caught on video, Remulla sorry for writing note during ‘Lupang Hinirang’

Mara Cepeda
The deputy speaker blames ‘ABS-CBN people’ for ‘playing it up on social media’

SORRY NOT SORRY? Cavite 7th District Representative Boying Remulla apologizes on July 1, 2020 for taking notes during the flag ceremony two day prior. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Facebook page

A video of House Deputy Speaker Jesus Crispin Remulla went viral on Wednesday, July 1, after sharp-eyed social media users saw him taking down notes just as the national anthem “Lupang Hinirang” played during a hearing days earlier. 

The Cavite 7th district congressman apologized for what he did at the start of the 8th House joint hearing on the ABS-CBN franchise issues on Monday, June 29 – but not before blaming “ABS-CBN people” for supposedly spreading the video on social media.

“I’d like to apologize for an earlier incident na ako poy may sinusulat na note no’ng nag-flag ceremony tayo (Id like to apologize for an earlier incident, where I was writing a note while we were holding the flag ceremony). As usual, the ABS-CBN people are the ones playing it up now on social media. But I will forgive them,” Remulla said during Wednesday’s hearing.

Remulla said an idea suddenly popped into his mind just before the national anthem played, and he had to jot it down before he forgot a question he intended to ask during the Monday hearing. (READ: ABS-CBN’s Big Dipper, Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation ‘not tax avoidance schemes’)

“Ang sa akin ho, I wrote the note – hindi ko ho excuse to – because something went into my mind for the questions I will ask. Ako’y humihingi ng dispensa sa ating mga kababayan,” Remulla said. 

(What I’m saying is, I wrote the note – its not an excuse – because something went into my mind for the questions I will ask. I am asking for forgiveness from our countrymen.)

Remulla has been grilling ABS-CBN officials with nitty-gritty details that, for him, make the network liable for violating the Constitution and breaking the law. 

Often forceful, if not hostile, during the hearings, Remulla usually interrupts the network’s executives and lawyers whenever they reply to his queries, sometimes even putting words into their mouths to establish the supposed guilt of ABS-CBN.

After his apology on Wednesday night, Remulla proceeded to do what he had been doing the past weeks – putting ABS-CBN executives on the hot seat.  Rappler.com

Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or tweet @maracepeda.