Facebook Blunder Implies Philippines Is at War

Facebook'Declares War In Philippine Flag Gaffe

President Benigno Aquino, right, takes part in the Independence Day celebration next to Vice President Jejomar Binay, two weeks before Aquino will relinquish his post to newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte (not pictured) in Manila, Philippines, on Sunday.

"Now we enter a new chapter in our history, may we never forget that freedom, must monitor and take care of it", local media quoted him as saying. In all honesty, Facebook might be thinking that of all countries to make a flag gaffe with, it had to happen with a country that indicates a state of war by representation of its flag. Users were quick to air their grievances against the social media site.

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In June 2015, Filipino sprinters Eric Shawn and Kayla Richardson gained national attention not only for bagging gold at the Southeast Asian Games but also for wearing a uniform with an inverted Philippine flag.

In his last Independence Day speech before stepping down from office, Mr. Aquino hailed the transformation of the Philippines during his term from being the "sick man of Asia" to one of the world's fastest-growing economies. Ano to, marketing ng Independence Day: Resurgence? Imagine how your country would feel. We know it's true because their flag is upside down!

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Unfortunately, the graphic also implied the country was at war.

Inverted flags in many countries, including the US and the United Kingdom, indicates a country in distress.

"It is unfortunate that there seemed to be an error in the way the Philippine flag was published". In the greetings, the red side of the flag was on top.

My late father, Amado F. Cabaero, had written several letters to the editor on this issue and advocated for the correct practice. "If in a hanging position, the blue field shall be to the right (left of the observer) in time of peace, and the red field to the right (left of the observer) in time of war". However, it unintentionally inverted the country's flag.



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