Filipino-American Eric Cray and Kayla Richardson won the 100-meter dash this Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in the on-going SEA Games 2015 in Singapore. However, the shirts of both athletes have an inverted Philippine flag – the red color is on the top while the blue color is on the bottom, which should be the other way around.
As we all know, if the Philippine flag has red on top instead of the blue, it symbolizes that the country is at war. But no, we are very much far from it despite our heated dispute with China regarding the territories in South China Sea. Apparently, the rootcause of this problem was said to be due to “supplier mistake.”
“The inverted Philippine flag is a supplier error which has been corrected. We are also asking the supplier to publicly explain this lapse. It was stitched on in just a few competition uniforms.” Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) chief Philip Ella Juico said in a statement this Wednesday.
“This minor lapse should not however diminish the fact that our athletics team is performing in an outstanding manner and is doing the country proud.” Juico added. As of posting, Philippines is on the 6th spot (overall), with 21 gold medals, 23 silver, and 36 bronze medals.
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The PATAFA chief did not mention on the possible sanction to the uniform supplier who made the mistake. This recent incident is different from that in 2013, where Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin intentionally carried an upside down Filipino flag, to campaign for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
Earlier, presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said that the mistake might have been overlooked. She said she hopes that it will be highlighted to the people concern and will be corrected as soon as possible. So far, no local militant groups are protesting about the mistake of the inverted Philippine flag.
Here at TN, we can’t help but wonder how the mistake happened. First of all, the supplier should have a sample that he can use as guide. Second, any smart customer would always check the item before he accepts it and pay for it. Third, it’s hard to believe that no one noticed it before the game proper.
What do you think?
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