Thursday, September 24, 2009

Your Opinion: RP Flag Gets a 9th Ray? reported that the sun in RP flag may get its ninth ray. As we all know, the Philippine flag currently has eight rays that represent Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Laguna, and Batangas - these are the provinces that led the uprising against Spanish oppression during the country's past.

Last September 22, Congress has approved Senator Richard Gordon's Senate Bill (SB) 3307 in amendment to Republic Act 8491, otherwise known as the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines. The bill that Gordon authored sees to add a ninth ray to the sun on the Philippine flag to honor Filipino Muslims, hoping that the said measure would foster greater unity among Filipinos regardless of religion. In addition, Gordon said,
We are a country that has had a conflict with our Muslim brothers for the last so many decades. I think this is a big step towards reuniting our country, recognizing the contributions of our fellow countrymen, the Filipino Muslims.

This is a great step in recognizing the fact that we had Muslims such as Lapu-Lapu, Sultan Kudarat, Amai Pakpak, Sorongan, who kept fighting the Spaniards long before this country thought of a revolution against Spain. This would foster unity, make sure that nobody is excluded. If we are to have national unity in this country it must begin in our flag, it must be symbolized in our flag.

We take an amendment of the law here but we actually amend the mindset of our countrymen and bring the nation back to its original posture, one that will not accept tyranny, one that will oppose tyranny. And we should give credit where credit is due.

What's your take on this?



I agree to Se. Gordon that we should honor our Muslim brothers....

Pero halatang pumapapel lang itong si Gordon para maalala siya ng mga muslim sa 2010. Gordon, super OA ka. sana ginawa mo yan malayo pa ang eleksyon para di halata.

If Gordon wasnt running for 2010 election, it would have been okay.

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