Social networking site Facebook on June 12 greeted Filipinos "Happy Independence Day!" but showed an inverted Philippine flag on its page.

The inverted flag, with the red rather than blue side on top, means that the country is officially at war.

Section 10 of Republic Act No. 8491, otherwise known as "Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines," states:
The flag, if flown from a flagpole, shall have its blue field on top in time of peace and the red field on top in time of war; if in a hanging position, the blue field shall be to the right (left of the observer) in time of peace, and the red field to the right (left of the observer) in time of war.

While it may have been done inadvertently by Facebook, some netizens took to social media to react on the matter.

Here are some of their reactions:

The law also provides penalties including fine and imprisonment of up to one year for anyone who disrespects the national flag.

Facebook has yet to give a word on the incident.


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