The state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) has sought to distance itself from the article it published on the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee’s (Phisgoc) supposed recognition as the best SEA Games organizer amid questions about the award.
In a series of tweets posted Thursday (December 5), PNA said the article titled, “Asian award body hails Phisgoc as ‘best SEAG organizer'” was based on a press release from Phisgoc. The committee led by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano sent the press release to the desk email, it added.
PNA noted that Phisgoc’s press release was also used by other media entities, such as Fox News Asia, Tempo and DZRH.
Doubts have swirled about the credibility of the award given by the Sports Industry Awards (SPIA) Asia. No less than Cayetano claimed in a Facebook post that Phisgoc received the recognition as “best SEA Games organizer.”
A check of SPIA’s website by Esquire Philippines showed there was no such award. Following the controversy, the group’s Awards page now lists the “SPIA Excellence Award” for Phisgoc under the category of Special Recognitions by SPIA Asia.
READ | In the wake of varied reactions on socmed to a story attributed by https://t.co/nuMGZqE7xa to the PNA,we would like to clarify that the story titled “Asian award body hails Phisgoc as ‘best SEAG organizer” posted on our website on Dec. 4 was based on PHISGOC press release. pic.twitter.com/EwdW0vKVpm
— Phil News Agency (@pnagovph) December 5, 2019