MANILA – The Office of the Presidential Spokesperson (OPS) was caught in a controversy on Friday after its official and verified Facebook account posted an offensive comment against two Filipino journalists.
“Si pia at si lourd devera pantay na sa kakupalan (Pia and Lourd De Veyra are now even at being jerks),” read the comment posted through the OPS Facebook account during the livestream of the Mindanao Hour.
The post, which has since been deleted, did not specify who “Pia” was, but Rappler’s Pia Ranada, who has been the target of criticism by Duterte supporters, was present at the press conference.
The "devera" named in the comment, meanwhile, refers to musician and television anchor Lourd De Veyra.
In a statement, Abella clarified that the comment was made by a person who is no longer connected with his office but apparently still had access as administrator of the official OPS Facebook page.
“The said comment does not reflect the official and personal views of the Presidential Spokesperson or his office on the individuals being referred to,” Abella said.
“The OPS Team has immediately acted on the situation by removing the former administrator’s access to the page and restricting page roles,” he added.