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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Gordon wants 9th ray in RP flag

SENATOR Richard Gordon wanted to add a “ninth” ray to the sun in the Philippine flag to acknowledge the heroism of Muslim Filipinos who also fought for the nation’s independence.

He has urged the National Historical Institute (NHI) to support his proposal of adding a ninth ray to recognize the “historic” contribution of Filipino Muslims in the nation’s fight for independence against the Spanish colonizers.

The eight rays in the sun of the national symbol, made in Hong Kong by Marcela de Agoncillo, represent the eight provinces which first took up arms against the Spaniards. The Philippine flag was first hoisted at Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898, in connection with the proclamation of Philippine independence.

“It is time we put a ninth ray in the sun especially during this time when we still have conflicts among our brethren who are Muslims. This is a way of recognizing all their great traits such as courage, bravery, integrity and sense of pride,” he said.

Gordon aired his views during a public hearing conducted by the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, revision of codes and laws on Senate Bill (SB) 2590 which he authored. By: Bernadette E. Tamayo - Journal online

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