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Bitter pala! Andanar’s underling blames ‘disgruntled’ PNA employee for showing editorial notes on site

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The Philippine News Agency’s (PNA) latest booboo involving the posting of funny and embarrassing editorial notes online was allegedly committed by a “disgruntled” former employee, Communications Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco has revealed.

Egco shared details of the gaffe, which his boss, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, called a “cyberattack” in an interview with Philippine Star editor Marichu VIllanueva.

In her September 15 column for the Star, Villanueva said Egco told her that the culprit for uploading the editorial notes on PNA’s website was a “disgruntled information technology (IT) employee who got transferred out of PNA but who had access to their old and new website.”

“It was a case of sabotage, not a glitch, but a clear case of cyber crime,” Villanueva quoted Egco as saying.

Egco, a former reporter who was assigned by Andanar to oversee PNA’s operations, said he has tapped IT experts from the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the Anti-Cyber Crime division of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to build criminal cases against the perpertrators of the so-called “cyberattack.”

The PNA became a laughingstock once again this month after the editorial notes on some articles published between January to April this year were posted with editorial notes.

Some of the orders were for a writer to look for a fresh angle for a story, while another was asked to turn a news report into a feature.

Following the booboo, Egco said they have synced the PNA’s new website with the old one to prevent a repeat of past errors.