- Some flag protocols were breached during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping
- According to RA 8491, the Philippine flag should be placed at the most left when placed in a row of flags
- However, one also said that presidents could maintain or break such traditions
Chinese President Xi Jinping has recently been in the Philippines for a two-day state visit. KAMI learned that during the short trip of the Chinese president, some flag protocols were breached.
In a report by Philippine Star, historical researcher Eufemio Agbayani III of National Historical Commission has pointed out some incident where the government allegedly violated flag protocols.
Through Twitter, Agbayani shared that the foreign flag or Chinese flag was placed at the most left (viewer’s point of view) when President Xi visited the Palace. As stated in Section 18 of RA 8491 or “The Code of the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat-of-Arms and Other Heraldic Items and Devices of the Philippines,” the Philippine flag should be at the most left when placed in a row of flags.
SEC. 18. When displayed in a row or in a parade with flags of other countries, the National Flag shall be on the left (observer’s point of view) of the other flags. The flags of other countries should be arranged in alphabetical order from left to right.
When displayed in a row of house flags, the National Flag shall be in front of the center of the line or on the left (observer’s point of view) of the row. The house flags should be arranged in alphabetical order, by precedence or by protocol order from left to right (the observer’s point of view).
When in a parade with house flags, the National Flag shall be in front of the center of the first line. The house flags should be arranged in alphabetical order, by precedence or by protocol order from left to right (the observer’s point of view).
In addition, during the walking ceremony of President Xi, only the flag of China was carried instead of Philippine flag. Usually, the National flag is carried along with foreign flags as reported by Interaksyon.
However, according to former Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III, presidents can maintain and/or break traditions.
In a previous report by KAMI, President Xi and President Rodrigo Duterte has signed 29 deals to strengthen the ties between two countries. Included in the signed deal was the oil and gas development for West Philippine Sea.
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