How much of our tax payer pesos went to the PR who was supposed to make sure these things did not happen?
Not a huge Arroyo fan but, sure, The Aquino delegation did not spend millions in lavish dinners in New York but this, in our opinion strikes and leaves a bigger damage.
Just for the education of those who did not know, here is a bit of a read:
Republic Act No. 8491
AN ACT PRESCRIBING THE CODE OF THE NATIONAL FLAG, ANTHEM, MOTTO, COAT-OF-ARMS AND OTHER HERALDIC ITEMS AND DEVICES OF THE PHILIPPINES
Section 1. Short title. — This Act shall be known as the “Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.”
Sec. 2. Declaration of policy. — Reverence and respect shall at all times be accorded the flag, the anthem, and other national symbols which embody the national ideals and traditions and which express the principles of sovereignty and national solidarity. The heraldic items and devices shall seek to manifest the national virtues and to inculcate in the minds and hearts of our people a just pride in their native land, fitting respect and affection for the national flag and anthem, and the proper use of the national motto, coat-of-arms and other heraldic items and devices.
Sec. 3. Definition of terms. — Whenever used in this Act, the term:
a) “Military” shall mean all branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines including the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Bureau of Fire Protection;
b) “Festoon” shall mean to hang in a curved shape between two points as a decoration;
c) “Flag” shall mean the Philippine National Flag, unless stated otherwise;
d) “Fly” shall mean the part of the flag outside the hoist or length;
e) “Symbol” shall mean any conventional sign which reveals man’s achievement and heroism (for orders and decorations), identification, authority and a sign of dignity (for coat-of-arms, logo and insignia);
f) “Half-Mast” shall mean lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;
g) “Hoist” shall mean the part of the flag nearest the staff or the canvass to which the halyard is attached;
h) “Inclement Weather” shall mean that a typhoon signal is raised in the locality;
i) “National Anthem” shall mean the Philippine National Anthem;
j) “Official Residences” shall mean Malacañang, and other government-owned structures where the President resides, and other structures occupied by the Philippine Consulate or Embassies abroad;
k) “Places of Frivolity” shall mean places of hilarity marked by or providing boisterous merriment or recreation; and
l) “Institute” shall mean the National Historical Institute.
On Sunday 26th September 2010,From Rebecca Thompson, US Embassy, on inverted RP flag in US-ASEAN confab: "This was an honest mistake. The U.S. treasures its close relationship and close partnership with the Philippines which were demonstrated tis past week during President Aquino's trip to the U.S., with the signing of the MCC Compact, the US-ASEAN meeting, and the meeting of our two Presidents that followed it