Inverted Philippine Flag at US-ASEAN luncheon (Update-4)

UPDATE-4: The official statement from the United States Embassy has been published at  During the US-ASEAN 2nd ASEAN-US Leader’s meeting the Philippine flag was flown upside down.

Editor’s note: UPDATE-3 the luncheon was not a United Nation’s event but rather a US-ASEAN Luncheon.  The original title of this article was “Dear United Nations, are we at war?”

UDPATE-2: From @mlq3 – 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.”

UPDATE: @mlq3 on twitter wrote: “Protocol noticed, but nothing could be done in time. Informed US Embassy as well. US State Dept handled that event.”

The original post follows:

The Philippine flag is as such: A white triangle from the mast to the banner with three starts stars and an eight-rayed sun within it. Then there is one blue band and one red band running across it in two bold chunks of color. The blue band is typically above the red, and the red is typically below the blue. That’s at times of peace.

The Philippine Flag | Photo Credit:

The United Nations was established, in broad terms, as a peacekeeping international organization. When world leaders flock to its annual General Assembly in New York (as our president did last week), it is to promote peace and cooperation.

So surprised we were when the Philippine flag — the flag of a country one of whose citizens had served as a President of a General Assembly (Carlos P Romulo) — was displayed at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan as inverted.

In times of war, the red band sits atop the blue (horizontally) and on the right-hand side of the blue (vertically).

The United Nations gets one of its member states' flag wrong

Dear United Nations, are we at war?

Dear Mr President, napansin mo ba?

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  • Jomar A. Pastrana ,

    Erratum on paragraph no. 5.

    The Philippine flag is as such: A white triangle from the mast to the banner with three STARTS…

    • Cocoy ,


      Corrected. Our apologies and thank you for pointing it out.

    • Bing ,


      • Cocoy ,

        Bing, our protocol officers did notice, but it was too late to change.