Pacquiao bill proposes 9th ray in sun in Philippine flag

 By Deighton Acuin and Archie Villaflores

PHOTO: Rappler

Senator Manny Pacquiao filed a Senate bill renewing propositions to increase number of sun rays featured in the Philippine Flag.

In Senate Bill no. 1984, the measure seeks to renew the number of rays in addition to Filipino Muslims who fought against the Spaniards during the colonization.

Pacquiao said the Muslim heroes are “mostly unrecognized,” citing Sultan Kudarat and Lapu-Lapu who led the fights against colonizers.

“Our Muslim heroes who equally struggled valiantly for our country’s independence must be given due recognition alongside with those already recognized in the most heraldic article of national importance, in the Philippine flag,” Pacquiao added.

“The Phlilippine flag should not only encapsulate a symbolism that survives the passage of time, but one which truly reflects the historical accounts and gives due recognition to those who went through heroic struggles over the course of national history,” he said.

Similar bill was also filed on 2019 by Senator Richard Gordon to recognize Muslim’s efforts in national independence to Spain.

Several attempted to add a ninth ray by amending the Republic Act No. 8491 Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.

During the 14th Congress, the proposal was approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives but did not materialize.

Based on the records from the Senate’s and House’s websites, only the Senate approved the reconciled bill on the proposal in 2009.

In 2018, Gordon again sponsored the measure for the Senate’s approval but the bill failed to hurdle the chamber until 17th Congress adjourned.

According to National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) the rays of the flag represented provinces of Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Tarlac, and Nueva Ecija.

Amid false reports, NHCP said it has intention to change the current flag’s features.

RELATED ARTICLE: Manila Bulletin

Previous Post Next Post