Congress panel OKs 9th ray in RP flag 9th ray a big step to reuniting country—Gordon
Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the
Senate panel and principal author of Senate Bill (SB) 3307, lauded the
approval of the measure saying that it would foster greater unity among
Filipinos regardless of religion.
“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 toward reuniting our country, recognizing the
contributions of our fellow countrymen, the Filipino Muslims. We should
recognize their deeds in our country,” he said in a statement.
The bicameral conference committee ironed out the differences between
SB 3307 and House Bill 6424. Aside from Gordon, present during the
meeting were Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Representatives Del De
Guzman, chairman of the House panel, Ma. Carissa Coscoluella, Salvador
Escudero III, and Roman Romulo.
SB 3307 proposes amendments
to Republic Act 8491, otherwise known as An Act Prescribing the Code of
the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat-of-Arms, and Other Heraldic
Items and Devices of the Philippines.
Included in the Senate
bill is Gordon’s proposal to add a ninth ray to the sun in the
Philippine flag to acknowledge the courage, bravery, and integrity of
Muslim Filipinos who fought for the nation's independence.
“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,” he said.
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,” he added.
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