British national to Robredo: Why didn’t you sing the national anthem during the 2018 SONA? - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, July 26, 2018

British national to Robredo: Why didn’t you sing the national anthem during the 2018 SONA?

Malcolm Conlan, a British national who’s known to be a “Filipino at heart” and a hardcore Duterte supporter, recently took to his popular Facebook account to write an open letter addressed to Vice President Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
Malcolm Conlan and Vice President Leni Robredo / Photo credit to the owner

Conlan said in his open letter that even though he is not a real Filipino, he feels that as a “citizen of the world”, he needed to speak up and address the vice president personally. According to him, he feels that the Philippines deserves only the best, and that President Rodrigo Duterte is the only one who can give the best to the Filipino people. 

He adds that after he met Duterte personally, he knows that the president genuinely cares for the Filipino people, not just whom are in the country, but are in different places around the world. 

Duterte cannot do this alone, Conlan says. Which means that Robredo should also be supporting the president, according to him.

Conlan then went on to the meat of his letter, calling out Robredo for allegedly not singing when the Philippine National Anthem was being played in the 2018 State of the Nation Address. Conlan said that he was really wondering why this seems so.
Screengrab from GMA

He continues to accuse Robredo of not singing, and saying that this action is a disrespect to the flag, the country, and all of the people who fought to bring freedom to the Philippines. He calls this action unprofessional, and demands that Robredo give an explanation to the actions he accuses her of doing.

Robredo owes it to the people and the country, he says. Conlan also thinks that Robredo “leading the opposition against Duterte” is something bad. He demands that Robredo apologize and stop always going up against the president.

Read his full post here:

"An Open Letter to the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Madam Leni Robredo, 

Dear Madam Vice President Leni,

I am sorry to have felt the need to write to you personally, however I believe it’s my right as a citizen of the world to be able to exercise my right to freedom of speech and expression.

Just to give you some background, I love the Philippines with a passion, having traveled to the country of 50 times, having a filipino family both in the United Kingdom and in the Philippines. We remit money to the country on a regular basis to my family and also use public services in the country and have in the past supported Philippine causes. I believe this gives me a stake and interest in the country.

I am not just some foreigner meddling in politics, I believe I am a filipino at heart who protects both the country and people passionately through social media.

Having said that, I am also a supporter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, as I truly believe he has the best interests of the country and people at heart. Having met him personally, I know he cares greatly for every Filipino worldwide and is striving for a better Philippines. I am just firmly of the opinion that he needs the support of every government official in the land to make such improvements, including yourself ma’am.

I noticed in the SONA held recently, that you appeared not to be singing when the National Anthem was being sung and of course honoured. I am just wondering why this was the case?

You see, Lupang Hinirang, is very important and significant in Philippine national history and also honours those who have fought and died in the past for a better Philippines. I would have hoped that you would have led by example and at least attempted to mouth the words, even if you are unsure of the entire lyrics?

Whilst school children across the land sing the National Anthem and thus honour their forefathers every single day, by singing it with pride and passion, you chose not to?

Even looking down and remaining expressionless, almost vacant. Whether you agree with some of the policies of the Duterte administration, I believe you owe it to the people to lead by example and remain professional at all times.
Screengrab from Pinoy Thinking

Maybe I have got it entirely wrong, but isn’t the position or office of the Vice President there to deputise for the President in his absence and work with him for the betterment of the country? If that’s the case, why did you already declare that you would lead the opposition against him?

I believe therefore that you should apologise for showing lack of interest in the National Anthem as well as your constant fighting against the President, if you don’t wish to continue in the job, you do have an option to resign?

A move which I am sure would be entirely welcomed by at least 20 million Filipinos across the land according to my calculations?

Thanks so much,
Respectfully yours,
Malcolm Conlan
London, UK

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