(No DepEd written order?) ‘Nat’l anthem singing first before invocation’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 May 2015 14:46

The revelation of Schools Division OIC Supt. Pedro Melchor M. Natividad that the singing of the national anthem ahead of the prayer-invocation was orally exhorted by Education Secretary Armin Luistrohas caught many by surprise.

This prompted Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Al-Hj. president, Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders and Affiliates,  to lambast  DepEd and CHED for “ordering” the change of the practice in all school programs, that is, the national anthem was sung first, and invocation came second in last March 2015 graduation rites in the city.    For decades according to Prof. Yacub, the beautiful practice was to “invoke God’s blessings” on those in attendance, and singing of  the country’s hymn after that, to which everybody conformed without complaint.

But on March 2015, all that practice had changed, a “climate change” of sort in the school systems when all public schools in the city, both basic education and higher education, introduced the singing of the national anthem first and the invocation after that.

Yacub denounced the new practice as “subtle, subliminal but pervasive” leading to a secularist society tendency bordering on the atheist ideology, destructive to the morals of the youth of the city.

On May 12, 2015, Supt. Natividad guested on a morning radio program and revealed that there was no written order about the new practice but an “oral exhortation” to all Superintendents in the country to have the national anthem sung first, as a demonstration of unity.

Natividad explained that the schools were not ordered to comply with the “oral exhortation” of the DepEd Secretary.

GCCPBA-Media Group asked Yacub how come CHED followed the practice in the higher education sector, which is contrary to the Constitution and Republic Act 8491 (the Flag & Heraldic Code of the Philippines).

Yacub said he does not know the reason why CHED complied with the DepEd Secretary’s exhortation.

Yacub urged city officials to protest about this “onerous” order and relieve the Zamboangueños of this unwanted burden of relegating God to a secondary role or no role at all in the lives of the youth of the city.

He urged religious leaders of the city to speak on the moral implication of such an order and legal luminaries on the legal implication because according to Yacub the Constitution appears to have been violated. — GCCPBA Media Group