Philippines apologizes to China over wrong Taiwan logo

The Department of National Defense used the logo of Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense instead of the People’s Republic of China’s on the tarpaulin announcing the turnover on Oct. 5 of 3,000 assault rifles that China donated to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. —AP

By JIM GOMEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS – The Philippine defense department has apologized to China for the “grievous but purely unintentional mistake” of using Taiwan’s defense ministry logo during a ceremony where the Chinese ambassador turned over thousands of assault rifles to the Filipino defense chief and top military commanders.

The Department of National Defense said Monday that Secretary Delfin Lorenzana issued an official apology to China through Beijing’s ambassador over the “technical lapse” in last week’s ceremony, which was covered by the media at military headquarters.

The defense department did not say in its press statement which country owned the defense logo it displayed instead of the emblem of the China’s defense ministry.

A Philippine official told The Associated Press it was Taiwan’s, adding that Chinese officials called the attention of the Philippines about the faux pas. The wrong logo was printed on a huge banner that was hung prominently above Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, who was sitting on a red carpet and planked by Lorenzana and the Philippine military chief of staff.

It took a few days before officials discovered the error.

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