The Philippines, as the ASEAN 2017 chairmanship, made a lot of preparations for hosting country leaders and representatives, but it looked like the organizers missed out on at least one thing – the correct spelling of the name of our country.
Some netizens spotted the “Philppines,” without the “i” after “l,” on the posters in EDSA welcoming the ASEAN delegates to the country.
According to Abante’s report, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has not yet responded to queries about the erroneous posters and whether these will be replaced.
Abante also noted that on November 9, Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan even said that the Philippine government is ready for the ASEAN Summit in Metro Manila and Clarkfield, Pampanga.
“Well, reading-ready na kami ‘no para sa ASEAN which will actually this weekend already in Clark and then moving to Manila by Monday,” Ablan said during his interview on Bagong Pilipinas, a morning show on PTV-4.
“Hindi ko alam kung nagda-drive kayo sa EDSA ‘no. Sa mga commuters natin sa EDSA, sinaksak na namin lahat ng mga poster na puwede malagay sa EDSA para mapansin ninyo na may ASEAN tayo, 31st ASEAN Summit tayo ngayong lingo,” he added.
And the netizens reacted to the mistake, once again recalling President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise that he will only hire the best and the brightest in his Cabinet.
“Good morning, Pilpinas,” said one Twitter user, purposefully writing the wrong spelling of “Pilipinas.”
Good morning, Pilpinas! https://t.co/QKyQEgbD2N
— Alem Ang (@mister_angst) November 10, 2017
Welcome to PHILPPINES! https://t.co/VmgXAKRyUk
— pastorelijahph (@revelijah) November 9, 2017
“We already have one thing on the list of things that can go wrong in the ASEAN Summit,” said another Twitter user on the spelling mistake.
We already have one thing on the list of things that can go wrong in the ASEAN Summit. 😭https://t.co/WjxggoV10o
— Juan Bisaya (@unlucky911) November 9, 2017
Other netizens have almost the same reaction as they express their embarrassment over the mistake.
My goodness!!!!! Bago naman kayo magsabit, check muna ninyo kung tama! Nakakahiya kayo! https://t.co/6a35jsOCeX
— Ryan Bonn Duadua (@ryanbonnduadua) November 10, 2017
so,,, “the best and the brightest” you were saying? https://t.co/FQLKSvl5RY
— joseph 🎄 (@_josephangelo) November 10, 2017
“Best and brightest.” https://t.co/wEee8XPLCt
— 969044ea4df948fb0392 (@paolomanalo) November 9, 2017
— Nonoy Floresca (@NoyFloresca) November 9, 2017
Palpak ang nagdesign. Palpak ang nagprint.
Palpak ang nagkabit ng palpak ng tarp.
Sagad sa buto na kabobohan.
Ayawan na! Uwian na.https://t.co/7MfdCboLVW
— siSID (@AngMaglalawig) November 9, 2017
One wondered if the government really prepared hard for the event.
Talaga nga bang pinaghandaan. O inuuto lang tayo na naghanda sila. https://t.co/kx2e23dAga
— Philip Reyes (@bornokyo) November 10, 2017
Someone also suggested that there should be a person assigned for proofreading.
hahaha after the letter of Mocha… now this…there should be a Presidential Editorial Bureau or Office, Task Force or whatever… somebody has to proofread.😂https://t.co/gAe997sr2F
— Mirabel May Perez (@mirabelmay) November 9, 2017
This spelling mistake was not the first one caught by netizens involving the ASEAN Summit. They also slammed the ASEAN 50 presentation where Burma was shown as Myanmar’s capital.