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Philippines: US High Commissioner Flag

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[Philippines - US High Commissioner flag] by Zeljko Heimer

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Description of the flag

The flag of the High Commissioner is in ratio 2:3, divided horizontally in two fields, the upper consisting of 13 vertical stripes white-red, and the lower being blue with a white sea-lion. The lion is in a somewhat different position than in the coat of arms on the presidential flag nearby (I'd say "vertical", while the latter is "horizontal").
Zeljko Heimer, 20 February 2002

This flag, as shown in Flaggenbuch, was the flag of the American High Commissioner of the Philippine Islands (1935-1946), representative of the President of the United States to the Philippines during the Commonwealth period preparatory to final independence. The High Commissioners replaced the Governors-General and they were: Frank Murphy (former mayor of Detroit, later governor of Michigan, US Solicitor General, then member of the US Supreme Court), Paul V. McNutt (former Governor of Indiana, presidential contender, efficiency board chairman during the war, later high commissioner again and first US ambassador to the Philippines), Francis B. Sayre, son-in-law of Woodrow Wilson, career State Department Diplomat (High Commissioner at the time of the outbreak of the war).
Manuel L. Quezon III, 20 February 2002

Prior to 1935, there was a governor-general's flag for the Philippines, but no image has been found, only mentions in books. My conjecture is that it was the seal of the Philippine Islands on a blue flag with four yellow stars.
Manuel L. Quezon III
, 12 November 2002