After the issue that arose from the mistaken use of the logo of a pineapple processing company for the logo of the Department of Labor and Employment, another issue emerged involving the logo once more. This time, the Philippines’ Department of National Defense mistakenly used the logo of Taiwan Ministry of Defense on the banner of the event meant to thank China for donating assault rifles to the Philippines.
DND apologized to China, officially known as the People’s Republic of China, for using the logo the Ministry of Defense of Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China.
The mistake was spotted during an event last week that was held to express the Philippines’ gratitude to the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua for the 3,000 M4 assault rifles donated, 90 sniper scopes, and 3 million pounds of ammunition, M4 assault by China.
“We have issued an official apology to the government and the people of the People’s Republic of China through His Excellency Zhao Jianhua, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Philippines,” DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said.
The event was supposed to celebrate the “new era” of the relationship between the Philippines and China after years of tension caused by the issue in the West Philippine Sea.
Andolong revealed that the Chinese Embassy “politely called the attention” of his department for the mistake after the event’s official photos were released. He added that the “grievous mistake” was “unintentional.”
“We are fully cognizant and grateful for the support that the government of the People’s Republic of China … and we reiterate that the DND and the AFP strictly adhere to the ‘One China Policy’ as espoused by the Philippine government,” he said.
Being claims Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China, with the insistence that the small island nation will be a reunified with China one day.