Philippines (AP: Matt Smith) Philippines (AFP) – Indonesia’s Ministry of Culture and Sports has banned the Philippine national anthem from the Olympics after an outcry from human rights activists.
The anthem is a staple of the Philippine flag, and its lyrics have been banned by the country’s top court since the early 1990s.
The ban will apply to all the Games’ performances and events, including volleyball and football.
It applies to all performances and performances of the national anthem.
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly criticised human rights groups who oppose his rule, calling them liars and hypocrites.
He also has criticized a US law that requires foreigners visiting countries such as the Philippines to sign a statement declaring they do not want to become victims of human rights abuses.