State-run news agency draws flak anew

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 08 2017 06:10 PM

MANILA - Government-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) again found itself the subject of criticism after photos surfaced of the agency's blunders in several of its old news stories.

Photos circulating on social media showed PNA headlines that apparently included editor's notes and instructions to its staff. These articles were published between January and April 2017.

Some of the headlines included instructions to a certain "Lei" and "Aerol" to re-angle or re-write stories. 

Following the discovery of these blunders, the PNA website was temporarily shut down and was "under maintenance" for several hours Friday. It was restored past 6 p.m. 

The discovery of the erroneous headlines comes after Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar created a new PNA editorial board. The board is headed by PCOO Undersecretary Jose Joel Sy Egco.

In a statement, Egco said, "the flaws in the system are effectively being addressed, both in terms of manpower and technology." 

He added that incidents of "negligence, incompetence or even sabotage if proven, will be dealt with accordingly." 

Egco said he met with several media organizations, communication experts and members of the academe on Thursday to form a "PNA Advisory Council" for the formulation of a "renewed PNA vision and mission amid the challenges being faced by media, in general, and the journalism profession, in particular."

"Please bear with us," Egco added.