AFP to file charges vs. Juana Change over 'inappropriate' military uniform during Duterte's SONA




The Armed Forces of the Philippines said Thursday that it will document charges against Mae Paner, all the more prominently known as Juana Change, who was seen wearing a military uniform amid a challenge activity amid the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a press proclamation, AFP representative Brigadier General Restituto Padila Jr. said Paner "has improperly utilized our military uniform and slighted it since she is not an individual from the AFP nor a piece of our reservists corps."

"Her demonstration of illicitly utilizing an AFP uniform is infringing upon Art 179 of the RPC (Unauthorized Use of Uniforms) and RA 493 (Prohibition of Use of Insignias, Decorations, Badges and fixes endorsed for the AFP)," he said.

"We will make the essential legitimate move to hold Ms. Paner responsible," he included.


Padilla said they won't request that the execution craftsman quit utilizing the uniform "in light of the fact that each time she wears it is considered one more infringement. Subsequently she is intensifying her liabilities all the more."

Paner's photo has been the objective of feedback after it was posted and shared on various web-based social networking accounts including that of the Philippine Army Recruitment Office.

Paner, in a post on her Facebook account, said what she did was execution workmanship as she expressed gratitude toward the general population who bolstered her in the midst of the bashing.

"Hindi po ang uniporme ang pinuproteksyunan ng mga suklam sa associated sa paggamit ko ng military uniform sa aking execution kundi ang pinaka iniidolong presidente ng bayan. Salamat sa lahat ng mga pester abalang mag-isip, dumepensa at magbigay liwanag. ANG SINING NANGGIGISING," she said.

"Yes, I will payt (battle) since individuals have given their lives wearing this uniform. Saludo sa mga sundalong tunay ang pagmamahal at sakripisyo para sa ating inang-bayan," she included.

"Kaya mahalaga ang sining. Galing mambuska. Galing manggising. Lumalanding," said Paner.

Padilla said Paner should first read the refered to laws keeping in mind the end goal to comprehend why she is being held at risk.

"The vindictive purpose likewise deceives her rationale," he said.

In a different explanation, Army representative Lieutenant Colonel Ray Tiongson said a military uniform is an image of specialist that must be utilized legitimately and with poise and the unapproved wearing by regular folks impacts contrarily on the picture of the Philippine Army and the AFP, aside from security suggestions.


"Rebellious components have frequently destroyed military regalia to convey frightful exercises or mimicking as officers for other criminal purposes," he said.

He approached the non military personnel natives to cease from unapproved wearing of any military uniform.

He said Article 179 of the Revised Penal Code punishes any individual who might openly and despicably make utilization of emblems, regalia or any dress relating to an office not held by that individual or to a class of people of which he or she is not a part.

In the interim, Republic Act 493 rebuffs those utilizing, assembling, and offering of symbols, adornments, decorations, identifications, patches and recognizable proof cards recommended for the AFP by people not in the administration

"We very urge general society to report instances of infringement of RA 493 and Article 179 of the Revised Penal Code to appropriate experts. We should ingrain pride in the administration and in the uniform and accord it due regard," said Tiongson.

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