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Arnel Pineda Apologized to NHI, Martin Nievera Defended Him


arnel-pineda-journey-After being put in the hot seat for his alleged erroneous singing of the national anthem during the Pacquiao-Clottey Fight in Arlington, Texas and the National Historical Institute is set to lodge a complaint against him at the Department of Justice, Arnel Pineda showed humility and relayed his apology to the NHI.

Arnel, the Journey rock band frontman shared his being sorry for the disappointment his performance caused during the ABS-CBN News interview:

I apologize for my dissatisfactory performance dun sa fight ni Pacquiao and Clottey sa Dallas, Texas, according to their standards. What can I do? I’m just doing my job… but then again hindi ako sorry kasi artistic freedom ko yon. It doesn’t make me less of a Filipino dahil sa nabago ang pagkakanta.

While the NHI was bent on filing a complaint, Pineda earlier said that he leaves all matter regarding this issue on his lawyers.  But an instant change of heart prompted Arnel to reexamine what had happened.

Ano ba ang bago?  ‘Yong traditional na pagkanta ng ‘Lupang Hinirang’ ang gusto nilang marinig. On my part, I’m just doing my artistic freedom. I was there as Filipino representing Pacquiao and the Philippines. ‘Yun ang importante.

Pineda could be punished if found guilty of violating the Republic Act (RA) 8491. RA 8491 and could even face imprisonment.

Martin Nievera on the other hand defended Arnel.  It will be remembered that Martin faced a similar problem during his singing of the National Anthem on the previous Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas.

Well unang-una ginawa niya yon from the heart. Obviously binago din ang ending. For me, I see nothing wrong with that dahil hindi naman ako kasama sa NHI. For me, I think Arnel did a very good job.

What do you think of the issue?

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  1. sogadra says:

    ang dami namang reklamo ng NHI.siyempre kinanta lang naman ni Mr. Pineda ang kanyang version sa pag awit.Kung hindi nakuntento ang NHI di ni request na lang sana si wowwowee na nag boom tarat taratt na lang sana sa loob ng ring.


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