Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar ordered the suspension of uploading of photos on the official Philippine News Agency’s (PNA) website.
This move came after the state-run agency’s latest blunder in using the map of Ilocos Sur for a news story about Ilocos Norte.
Andanar said that they will launch an investigation into the matter and charges will be filed against those responsible in the agency’s most recent mistake. He also expressed suspicion over the possibility of someone trying to sabotage the agency.
“We will suspend the uploading of photos in the meantime habang hinahanapan natin ng solusyon yung nangyayari sa PNA definitely mayroong mananagot dito,” the PCOO chief said.
“Para sa akin, we move forward. We fix the agency, we institutionalize reforms. We won’t back down from this, kahit na may gustong manira sa atin. Meron gusto magsabotahe,” he added.
The PNA was also slammed by netizens for using the wrong logo for the Department of Labor and Employment. The uploader used the logo of the pineapple processing company Dole Philippines. The news agency was hit for posting Xinhua news commentary that described Hague ruling as “ill-founded award.” Even netizens found fault in Andanar saying that more people are noticing PNA’s blunders because it now has more readers.
Fake news accusations were also hurled at the PNA after they posted an article about how 95 UN member states were convinced there is no EJK in the Philippines, which was debunked by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) itself.