MANILA- Malacañang on Saturday said there was no intent to embarrass President Rodrigo Duterte when the presidential seal on his rostrum was placed upside down during his speech in Davao City on Friday.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella acknowledged that an error was committed in placing the presidential seal during Duterte's speech at the 11th Ambassador’s Tour Philippine Reception at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.
"An error was committed in the installation of the Presidential seal at an event in Davao City yesterday (Friday). There was, however, no attempt to embarrass the President," Abella said in a statement.
Video of the speech aired live on state-run PTV-4 and the Presidential Communications Operations Office’s Facebook page showed the President giving his speech on Friday with the presidential seal on his rostrum upside down.
Only the President uses the rostrum with the Presidential seal at any event.
Abella said appropriate measures have been taken against those responsible for the inverted presidential seal and that government offices involved in presidential visits have agreed on guidelines to prevent similar incident in the future.
"All offices concerned sincerely apologize for the incident and renewed the shared commitment to uphold the highest standard of service and support for the President and all his engagements," he said.