Do You Know the Panatang Makabayan? If Not, Are You Filipino?

Netizens have taken to Twitter to discuss how many people remember the words to the "Panatang Makabayan" by heart. 

This, after ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III was asked to recite the first line of  the "Panatang Makabayan" during the ABS-CBN franchise hearing in Congress, Monday, June 8. 

The Philippine Patriotic Oath is commonly recited before "Panunumpa Sa Watawat" during weekly flag ceremonies for grade school and high school students. 

It reached the fifth spot among the trending topics on Twitter earlier today, June 8. 

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Lopez was grilled about his allegiance as a dual citizen of both the Philippines and the United States. 

Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta sought to end the issue by throwing this question: "Para siguro matapos tayo sa issue ng allegiance, mawalang galang lang po, Mr. Lopez, puwede po ba paki-recite ninyo yung unang linya ng Panatang Makabayan? Unang linya lang." 

After about 16 seconds of silence, Marcoleta called on Congressman Carlos Zarate to ask him to coach Lopez who didn't immediately reply to his question.

"Congressman Zarate, baka gusto mo nang tulungan," Marcoleta said.  

Lopez laughed at Marcoleta's remark, but continued to briefly exchange words with the person next to him, before he finally recited the line, "Iniibig Ko Ang Pilipinas." 

Congressman Zarate was not amused, however, by Marcoleta's "side comments."

Zarate asked for it to be removed on record, insisting that he has his "own time" should he wish to interpellate Lopez.

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"NAKALIMUTAN KO NA"

Filled with wry humor, netizens seem surprised that the issue on Lopez's allegiance all came down to whether or not he knows "Panatang Makabayan" by heart. 

As it happens, a lot of netizens commenting on the incident can't seem to remember the Patriotic Oath since they haven't recited it for years themselves. 

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"Sh**! Hindi nako pilipino," tweets a netizen who admittedly doesn't fully recall the country's patriotic oath. 
This is echoed by other Pinoy netizens who have long since graduated from elementary or high school, or perhaps haven't had the chance to attend a flag ceremony for so long. 
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Other netizens also wonder if the lawmakers themselves can confidently recite "Panatang Makabayan" or "Panunumpa Sa Watawat." 
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NETIZENS ANNOYED AT MARCOLETA

Some are plainly annoyed at Marcoleta for asking such a frivolous question when more important matters are awaiting to be discussed during the hearing. 

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At least two netizens point out that Marcoleta even cited the Philippine National Anthem as "Bayang Magiliw" instead of "Lupang Hinirang." 

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The House deputy speaker has actually clinched the fourth spot in Twitter's trending topic because of the same issue.

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