After all the "hate"-apalooza against the Philippines and Filipinos in the recent hostage killings in Manila, Filipino hate crimes, natural and political disasters, and every not-so good news about our country. There is this latest PR gaffe by the organizers of a conference between US President Barack Obama and ASEAN leaders with President Benigno Aquino present at the proceedings. You can see the inverted Philippine flag on right side.

Just to remind everyone that 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.”

And oh, 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. Way to go, all we have to do is make Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Obama attend a Senate inquiry on this matter and we'll all forget that everything even happened, right?

Inverted flag means that the country is at war with another country. But with whom? Surely not against the United States, right? We're friends with the Americans...BFF if I may say! The Americans admitted that it was an "honest mistake..." Right?

It seems P-Noy is not amused with Obama talking or is he? We may never know...

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