Monday, September 27, 2010

An Inverted Philippine Flag

I was quite surprised when I read the news about the display inverted of the Philippine flag during the visit of Pres. Noy Aquino in America for the south-east leaders meeting in New York. As seen on the picture above, the Philippine flag at the back of Pres. Noy has red part on top instead of the blue. When the flag has the red on top, it means that the country is at war. The U.S. has apologized for this and stated that it was an honest mistake, and the Philippine government has accepted the apology.

I remember when I was in high school and part of the Girl Scout of the Philippines, I was sometimes tasked to raise the flag during the morning flag raising ceremony. I always told myself never to raise an inverted flag and I never failed to do so.

With the inverted Philippine flag incident, I am quite disappointed as I know that if this happened to other big country, it will be a different issue. I think the Philippines is too small to complain, or is it just our trait to accept apology immediately? How about educating the person in-charge of displaying the flag, that flags are to be respected and not only to be displayed at any way they could. Well, what can I say, "an honest mistake"?

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blankPixels said...

I completely agree with your post, sis. I'm not a sensitive Pinoy, but, disrespecting our flag is not something I can take lightly. But, the thing here is, P-Noy's staff should've seen that! They should've reacted!

If we were China or Japan, I doubt this would happen. Tsk tsk.

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