Andanar suspends uploading of photos on PNA website

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 21 2017 05:01 PM

MANILA - Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has suspended the uploading of photos by the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on its website.

This, after the agency's latest blunder over the weekend, when the PNA used a photo of Ilocos Sur for a news story on Ilocos Norte.

Andanar said the matter will be investigated and charges will be filed against the person or persons responsible, adding that someone may have been trying to sabotage the PNA.

"We will suspend the uploading of photos in the meantime habang hinahanapan natin ng solusyon yung nangyayari sa PNA definitely mayroong mananagot dito," he 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 said.

Before the misuse of the map of Ilocos Sur, the PNA also erroneously used a logo of company Dole Philippines for a story on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The agency also erroneously posted a Xinhua news commentary on the West Philippine Sea and erroneously reported the Philippine participation on the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights.

"Alam mo kasi sa sobrang dami ng kapalpakan ng PNA nung una, sinabihan ako ng mga kaibigan ko na marami pang iba, na sinasbotahe raw ako. Ayoko namang maniwala na ganun," he said.

"The editors really have (to do their jobs). They've been in the news agency for more than 20 years. Naisip ko ano nangyayari dito," he added.