Friday, September 25, 2009

Thinking Out of the Box 18

The New Philippine Flag

Approved by the Congress on 24 Sept 2009, Senate Bill 2590 proposed the additional ray of the Sun was authored by Sen. Richard Gordon, who said that the our Islam brothers applauded the initiative as a step towards greater understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim Filipinos.

I was surprised that a ninth ray will be added to the Sun of our flag. Was there ever a clamor for it? Although I am always open to positive change, I have some reservations to this one.

Does it embody the general feelings of the rest of the Islam community? What will Doña Marcela Marino de Agoncillo, Lorenza and Doña Delfina Herbosa De Natividad say about the issue? What about the other sectors? Surely, everybody would want to be represented. We might end up with more rays than space could afford.

Changes like this is icing on a cake. We have to dig deeper and solve the issue. The real issue towards understanding is to give what our southern brothers want. And autonomy it is.


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