Press Release
September 2, 2009

Gordon urges President, NHI to direct that RP flag be hung at half-mast
in honor of Ka Erdy Manalo

Senator Richard J.. Gordon (Ind.) today filed a resolution that urges the President and the National Historical Institute (NHI) to direct that the Philippine flag be hung at half-mast in honor of Eraño "Ka Erdy" Manalo.

In filing Senate Resolution 1338, Gordon also expressed profound sympathies and sincere condolences on the demise of Manalo, executive minister and spiritual leader of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).

"The Iglesia ni Cristo's 95 years of existence, under the leadership of the late Ka Felix Manalo and later on Ka Erdy Manalo, has significantly enhanced the moral and spiritual development of the Filipino people, especially in light of social and economic ills that have plagued the nation," he said.

"Ka Erdy's commitment to strengthening the religious and spiritual fiber of millions of Filipinos throughout the world and his lifetime pursuit of national solidarity and progress deserve utmost respect and command reverence in the observance of this period of mourning. I would like to ask that the National Historical Institute order that the flags be flown at half-mast for a period of time," he added.

Section 23 of the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines or Republic Act No. 8491 directs that the Philippine flag be flown at half-mast as a sign of mourning on the day of official announcement of the death of not only the highest public officials of the land, but also other persons that may be determined by the National Historical Institute to be deserving of such honor.

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