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Pula ang itinaas! ASEAN shows PH at war with inverted flag for Independence Day greeting

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) mistakenly implied that the Philippines was at war when it posted a photo of an inverted Philippine flag for its Independence Day greeting.

In a Facebook post which has since been deleted, ASEAN showed four people holding the Philippine flag with the red side up.

“Happy Independence Day to our friends in the Philippines! Also known as Araw ng Kalayaan — Day of Freedom, 12 June is observed with ceremonies and parades by the government, armed forces and different ethnic groups to commemorate the country’s declaration of independence from Spain,” the caption read.

Section 10 of Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines states that the flag’s blue side should be on top in time of peace. In time of war, it should be the red field on top.

ASEAN apologized for the gaffe in a separate Facebook post.

“We apologise for the mistake in the previous picture. Your kind feedbacks are highly appreciated,” it said, while greeting the Philippines anew on its Independence Day.

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