All apologies: "on war" PHI uniform supplier says sorry

Mark Escarlote on Jun 12, 2015 12:05 PM
All apologies:
We are now working overtime to have these misprinted items replaced as quickly as possible. Again we deeply apologize for the problems we have (created) and vow that these will never happen again --- Clarence Fajardo of World Champion Trading

SINGAPORE --- I am sorry.

The owner of World Champion Trading, designer and manufacturer of the uniforms worn by the sprint winners Filipino-Americans Eric Cray and Kayla Richardson, asked for an apology after a boo-boo of printing an inverted Philippine flag on their jerseys.

Clarence V. Fajardo wrote a letter of apology addressed to Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco on Thursday afternoon about the incident.

"I would like to ask you to accept our deepest apologies for the mistake we made in the printing of the Philippine flag on some of the uniforms we delivered," according to the letter that was also sent to Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico, Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ricardo Garcia and chef de mission Julian Camacho.

The victories of Cray, the first ever Filipino to win the 100m. dash in the biennial meet in 10.25 seconds, and Richardson, who won the event in a photo finish (11.76 seconds) and the first Filipina to win in the event since Elma Muros’ victory in the 1995 Chiangmai, Thailand SEA Games and third since Lydia De Vega’s golden finish in the 1987 Jakarta meet,last Tuesday were dampened when pictures of the inverted flag on their uniform circulated on social media.

An upside down PHI flag, where the red color is above the blue, symbolizes war.

"A total of 16 pieces of the items had flags printed upside down, this mistake was solely our fault and was clearly caused by human error on our part," according to the letter. "It was not our intention to create such an awkward situation for the team and for you."

"We are now working overtime to have these misprinted items replaced as quickly as possible. Again we deeply apologize for the problems we have (created) and vow that these will never happen again."

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