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Basilan o Jolo? Andanar threatens to do a Bato for blundering PNA editors

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Communications Secretary Martin Andanar plans to take a page from Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa in light of the snafus involving the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Andanar on Saturday (August 12) said he has issued show cause orders for PNA editors involved in the mistakes that have made the state-run news agency a laughingstock lately.

“If they will not give an adequate justification to avoid disciplinary action, then I will send them to Basilan or Jolo,” he said at a press briefing in Baguio.

Dela Rosa has sent erring cops to Basilan and Marawi City to reform their ways.

For Andanar, the last straw was PNA’s use of Dole Food Company’s logo for a story published Friday (August 11) on pay rules issued by the Department of Labor and Employment for 2018 holidays.

“Akala siguro ng gunggong na editor na Dole ito na korporasyon,” he said.

The PNA is under the supervision of the Presidential Communications Operations Office headed by Andanar.

Earlier this week, PNA drew flak for reposting an opinion piece by the Chinese-run Xinhua News Agency in which the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea was called an “ill-founded award.”

A few months ago, PNA was criticized for using a photo taken during the Vietnam War for a story on Filipino soldiers.

The website also inaccurately quoted Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III during the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland that 95 nations were “convinced” there are no extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the Philippines.