Bawal yan! AFP to file raps vs. Juana Change for wearing military uniform
The Armed Forces of the Philippines will file charges against comedian Mae Paner, who is also known as Juana Change, for wearing military uniform during the protest rally on June 24 for the State of the Nation Address.
AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla on Thursday (July 27) said Paner violated the law by donning a military uniform during the event since she was neither a soldier nor a member of the reservist corps.
Padilla said the unauthorized use of military uniform is penalized under Republic Act 493 or the Prohibition of Use of Insignias, Decorations, Badges and patches prescribed for the AFP.
He added that Paner cannot use as defense the donning of military uniform on television shows and movies since she wore hers at a protest.
While the AFP will not bar Paner from wearing the military uniform at protests, each instance she does so merits a count of violation for which she will be held liable.