US apologized for displaying an inverted Philippine flag during the summit
The US apologized over the inverted Philippine flag during the ASEAN-US leader’s meeting in New York.
"This was an honest mistake. The US treasures its close relationship and close partnership with the Philippines which were demonstrated this past week during President Aquino’s trip to the US, with the signing of the MCC Compact, the US-ASEAN meeting, and the meeting of our two Presidents that followed it," US Embassy in Manila spokeswoman Rebecca Thompson said.
President Aquino attended the said meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria, NY before addressing the UN General Assembly.
During the summit, Obama discussed ways of bolstering economic ties between the US and Southeast Asia as well as Asian regional concerns such as territorial disputes in the South China Sea and Nov. 7 elections in military-ruled Myanmar.
Philippine foreign affairs acknowledged the US statement of "honest mistake" and said it should not detract from the true significance of the summit, which showed the unprecedented cooperation between the ASEAN and the US. The Philippine government’s official website, gov.ph, published the US apology.
Section 10 of Republic Act 8491 states: “The flag, if flown from a flagpole, shall have its blue field on top in time of peace and the red field on top in time of war; 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.”
The law covering the national flag also provides penalties such as a fine and imprisonment of up to one year for people found disrespecting the flag.