Andanar vows PNA revamp amid blunders


Posted at Aug 14 2017 09:44 AM

MANILA - Communications Secretary Martin Andanar promised Monday a reshuffle of officials at the Philippine News Agency (PNA) after a succession of blunders.

"We will definitely have a revamp sa loob ng Philippine News Agency. Mananagot ang dapat managot," Andanar said in a phone interview over radio DZMM.

The PNA drew social media flak recently for reposting a Xinhua News Agency opinion piece that dubbed as "ill-founded" an arbitral ruling that favored the Manila's claim to the South China Sea, and for using the logo of Dole food company for a story on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Earlier May, the state-run news agency apologized for posting a photo of state troops in Vietnam for its story "Urban warfare a challenge for soldiers in Marawi."

In the same month, the PNA also erroneously reported that 95 member states of the United Nations supposedly said they did not observe extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

Andanar said he is set to discuss the most recent mistakes in a meeting with PNA editors and officials of its supervising agency, the News and Information Bureau.

"Mayroon na po silang paliwanag in writing at iyun po ang ating titingnan mamaya. Hindi na kasi katanggap-tanggap ang mga pagkakamali," he said.

The PNA's mistakes, he added, taint recent achievements including the overhaul of its website, the launch of its mobile app and the boost in its social media presence.