Dear Kuya: Younger Remulla Calls Out Brother on National-Anthem Gaffe

"That wasn't you," he starts.

ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Remember those times when you're running late for class and you're just about to enter the school gate, but you hear “Lupang Hinirang” playing and you have no choice but to stop, drop your bags, and put your right hand on your chest? Or when you're walking leisurely with a cup of gulaman from the cafeteria when two students slowly lower the flag at sundown, and you have to stop in the middle of an empty quadrangle? But Cavite District 7 Representative Jesus Crispin Remulla must have forgotten all these when he didn't stop writing notes  while the national anthem played before a hearing on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal—and it was all caught on camera. To remind him of proper decorum, his younger brother and Cavite governor Jonvic Remulla Jr. penned a heartfelt letter posted online on July 3, 4 a.m.

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"Kuya, that wasn’t you," the younger Remulla starts. He goes on to refresh his kuya's memory of the "countless flag ceremonies [they attended] together in the Capitol," all the times he served as the father figure in the Remulla house while the family patriarch was away serving as the province's governor, and the "values of standing up for what is right and fighting for it" that they grew up with.

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Governor Remulla concluded his letter with sage advice: "Let’s be the better person. Let’s be the clearer person. Let the facts speak louder than our own words."

“As usual, the ABS-CBN people are the ones playing it up now on social media. But I will forgive them," Congressman Remulla said in his apology on July 1.

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