Model wears nothing but Philippine flag in viral photo

US-based model Jelly Ranger earned the ire of Filipino netizens after a photo showing her wearing nothing but the Philippine flag went viral online.

On Tuesday, June 30, Facebook user Maria Nene Dolliguez Serbito posted pictures of Ranger posing in a photoshoot with her nude body covered with an inverted Philippine flag.

In her caption, the uploader questioned the inappropriate use of the national flag for a fashion stunt.

Serbito also quoted the following provision of Republic Act No. 8491, which prescribes the Code of the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat-of-Arms and other heraldic items and devices of the country.

SECTION 2. Declaration of Policy – Reverence and respect shall at all times be accorded the flag, the anthem and other national symbols which embody the national ideals and traditions and which express the principles of sovereignty and national solidarity. The heraldic items and devices shall seek to manifest the national virtues and to inculcate in the minds and hearts of our people a just pride in their native land, fitting respect and affection for the national flag and anthem, and the proper use of the national motto, coat-of-arms and other heraldic items and devices.

Ranger, also a pole dancer and online entrepreneur, was not mentioned in Serbito's post that already got hundreds of shares as of Thursday night.

There were unverified reports that the images already became a trending topic on social media last month.

It has also been said that Ranger's photos were taken more than a year ago but circulated again recently as the public outry over the model's lack of respect to the Philippine flag gets louder.