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Published August 13, 2017, 10:00 PM

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said he has warned two editors of the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that they will be sent to Basilan or Jolo should they fail to explain the recent blunders of the agency.

This, after the PNA erroneously used the logo of Dole Philippines to accompany its story on the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) issuance of pay rules for 2018 holidays.

Andanar told reporters in Baguio City that he has given show cause orders to the editors, following the glaring error which put the PNA in a difficult position in social media.

“If they will not give an adequate justification to avoid disciplinary action, then I will send them to Basilan or Jolo,” Andanar said.

He also said that they have already identified those who committed the error and he will meet the PNA staff today, Monday.

“Sa Monday magmi-meeting kami. In fact kagabi pa lang nag-meeting na kami sa telepono (We will meet on Monday. In fact, we’ve already talked over the phone last night),” Andanar said.

The Palace official said that the said PNA staff would have to face internal investigation.

“Pag nakitaan po sila ng malaking pagkakamali or talagang sinadya po nila, kung hindi po sila makapagpaliwanag ng husto (If we see that it was just a grave mistake or it was intentional, or if they can’t fully explain themselves), then they would have to face disciplinary action. They would also have to, maybe, be suspended, be warned, be axed, depending on the result of the investigation,” he added.

“Hindi naman natin pwedeng pabayaan ito (We can’t just overlook it). They were already given the chance,” he continued, adding that they would have to face and accept the consequences.

The Communications Secretary earlier said the recent blunder in the PNA website was unacceptable, especially now that the agency, in an attempt to be improved, was undergoing reconstruction.

Courtesy of Manila Bulletin