Inverted RP flag was "honest mistake" says US Embassy
The inverted Philippine flag behind President Noynoy Aquino. Photo by the Malacañang Photo Bureau.
The Philippine flag was displayed upside down, suggesting the country was in a state of war, during a summit in New York held last week, reports the Associated Press (AP) via Yahoo News. The inverted flag was behind President Noynoy Aquino when leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met United States President Barack Obama on September 24 (US time). It was "an honest mistake," U.S. Embassy Spokeswoman Rebecca Thompson said in a statement.
Thompson said, "The U.S. treasures its close relationship and close partnership with the Philippines." She added that they will find out how the incident happened.
Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Ed Malaya said in the AP report that the "honest error should not detract from the true significance of the summit, which showed the unprecedented cooperation between the ASEAN and the U.S."
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