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Itapon sa pinyahan yan! Evardone urges Andanar to axe editors, not apologize, for PNA epic fails

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Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone is urging Communications Secretary Martin Andanar to axe editos responsible for the blunders at state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA).

In a statement, Evardone said the PNA incompetents showed they were unfit for the job of disseminating reliable news to the public.

“Communications Secretary Martin Andanar should fire the editors responsible for the erroneous news posted by the PNA if only to serve notice that this pattern of embarrassment is not tolerated,” said Evardone.

Last August 11, PNA issued an erratum for using the logo of food company Dole Philippines, instead of that of the Department of Labor and Employment, for its story “DOLE issues pay rules for 2018 holidays” that was posted on the same day.

The PNA management apologized for what it called “a careless act of the PNA editorial staff” with an assurance that steps have been taken to guard against similar mistakes.

PNA also drew fire for posting China’s Xinhua News Agency’s opinion piece against the arbitration ruling on the West Philippine Sea, and a story titled “95 nations in 3rd UPR convinced no EJKs in PHL” as well as for using a Vietnam War photo together with a story on the armed conflict in Marawi City.

“Bear in mind that PNA, being the government’s news website, should provide accurate information to the public. Whatever it posts reflects on the government,” Evardone said.