“This was unintentional, and we’re sorry,” said Facebook in a statement, referring to its gaffe on Sunday, June 12 (Manila time) when it used an inverted Philippine flag in its Independence Day message.
“We care deeply about the community in the Philippines and, in an attempt to connect people on Independence Day, we made a mistake,” Facebook said in a statement sent to The Philippine Star.
Filipino netizens called the attention of the social media giant, including its chairman, CEO, and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to correct their gaffe.
The Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines 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.”
In his last Philippine Independence Day message as the nation’s president, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said Sunday that he was able to fulfill his promises to his “bosses”—the Filipino people.
He again cited the beneficiaries of PhilHealth insurance and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; that several graduates have benefited from jobs opened up in his watch; those from rural areas now enjoy port, airports, and other infrastructure built by the government he led.
Those living in several conflict areas now experience peace, and that economy gains have been recognized by the international community, he cited.
Aquino also connected the 118th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence, to the democracy and freedom won for the country by his parents in the 80s, late senator Benigno II and president Corazon. – Lynda C. Corpuz