Draping of RP flag over Mendoza's casket is not a big issue, no law bans it–Sen. Pangilinan

August 30, 2010 10:02 am 

MANILA, Aug. 29 —An ally of President Benigno S. Aquino III in the Senate said on Sunday that China should not make a big issue on the draping of the Philippine flag on the coffin of slain hostage-taker dismissed police Sr. Insp. Ronaldo Mendoza.

Senator Francis Pangilinan said on Sunday that the decision of Mendoza's family to place the Philippine flag over the coffin of the slain hostage-taker should have been left alone.

"While I personally object to, and disagree with, the using of the flag to cover the casket of Mendoza, there is no law that explicitly bans the use of the flag in such a manner,” Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan also said: "We will have to respect the individual freedoms of every Filipino since we are living in a democratic country unlike China wherein there is no freedom of expression.

”We ask for China’s understanding in that we live under different systems, and what may be prohibited and banned in their nation may not be so in ours,” the senator also said.

Pangilinan is also optimistic that when the emotions simmer down, China will respect the Philippine sovereignty and will not bully a small nation on a matter involving the use by our citizen of the Philippine flag.

On Friday, the Chinese embassy in Manila protested the draping of Philippine flag over the coffin of the slain hostage-taker.

Malacanang immediately issued a statement that it did not allow the placement of the Philippine flag over the casket of the killed hostage-taker.

Tanauan City Mayor Sonia Torres-Aquino later informed Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda that the Philippine flag placed over the coffin of Mendoza was already removed after the Chinese embassy aired their protest.(PNA)

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