MANILA - Music icon Madonna did nothing wrong when she used a Philippine flag during her concert in Manila last Wednesday as part of her ongoing "Rebel Heart" tour, according to actress Anne Curtis.
In an interview with reporters at the sidelines of the "I Love OPM" press conference on Friday, the 31-year-old Curtis, who was part of the crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena, defended the pop icon.
"I think in a way, it showed the love she has for our country. I think kasi ngayon lang siya nakarating sa Philippines so ganun talaga," she said.
During the concert, a production number showed Madonna draping herself with the Philippine flag, which even touched the floor when she danced onstage.
It caught the attention of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), which expressed outrage over the act.
The commission is already looking into the possibility of banning Madonna from performing in the country again for violating Republic Act 8491, section 34 which bans the wearing of the Filipino flag as a costume.
If proven guilty, local organizers may face penalties from P5,000-P20,000 and one-year imprisonment, while foreign organizers may face deportation or a lifetime ban in the country for the blatant display of disrespect for the Philippine flag.
(FULL STORY: NHCP mulls Madonna ban, CBCP outraged by acts in concert)