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Labor ministry apologizes for upside down Philippine flag on ads

2019/02/15 11:54:09

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Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) The Ministry of Labor (MOL) apologized Thursday for placing the wrong version of the Philippine national flag on two advertisements at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

In a press statement, the ministry said the error was made on two light boxes in the airport's arrival area that were advertising the Taiwan government's labor consultation hotline.

The picture of the Philippine flag showed the blue and red stripes upside down, which indicated a state of war, the ministry said, apologizing to the Philippines for the error.

The advertisements have since been removed.

The royal-blue stripe on the upper half of the Philippine national flag symbolizes peace, truth and justice, but if the flag is turned upside down with the scarlet stripe for patriotism and valor on top, it suggests a state of war, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Chi Jo-yao)