- Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Wednesday, declared the Philippines to be under "a state of war" in his presentation before the delegates of an economic forum in Japan
- The slide with the gaffe had stayed on for approximately six minutes, causing reactions from netizens watching the live feed
- A similar event happened not too long ago, when Facebook incorrectly put up an inverted Philippine flag in their Independence Day greetings
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Wednesday, October 26, inadvertently declared "a state of war" when the Philippine flag appeared upside down on his presentation visuals during an economic forum in Japan.
The slide, which shows a photo of both countries' flags and leaders, had been on for approximately six minutes, allowing everyone to note the gaffe with the Philippine flag.
The Philippine flag, is a horizontal bi-color flag with equal bands of blue and red. Typically raised with the blue band on top, the flag indicates that the country is in a state of war if displayed in reverse.
Netizens noted during the presentation's live feed, that the flag was in reverse and the buzz on social media began.
One netizen, Willy Galeon, commented in jest that the Philippines may be facing a war on food.
"war on food ata kulang food sa pinas eh!!!��" - @GaleonWilly
It was unclear though, if the presentation was prepared by the Philippine delegation or the Japanese hosts.
Earlier this year, Facebook also made a similar gaffe, when they displayed an inverted Philippine flag on their Independence day greeting.