The Philippine News Agency‘s (PNA) woes continue.
The state-owned news organization on Friday ran a wrong photo to accompany a government press release on pay rules for the 2018 holidays.
Instead of using the logo of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), it instead published that of Dole Food Corporation. Yes, that Dole with the pineapples.
The wrong image quickly became viral on social media.
The PNA later posted the correct logo of DOLE before deleting the entire article. The page was inaccessible as of 10 p.m.
The government news agency later issued an apology for the error.
The PNA editors issued a statement saying their staff inadvertently attached the wrong photo.
“It was a careless act on the PNA editorial staff. Rest assured appropriate action is being taken in pursuit of the delivery of accurate information to our readers. Our apologies,” the statement said.
It was the latest in a string of errors committed by the PNA.
In May, PNA apologized for posting a photo of soldiers in Vietnam for its story “Urban warfare a challenge for soldiers in Marawi.”
Two personnel of PNA’s News and Information Bureau were suspended following the errors.
The PNA also drew flak for its May 15 story titled “95 states convinced there are no EJKs in PHL,” which allegedly had statements from an interview with Interior Asst. Secretary Epimaco Densing, who denied that he spoke with the agency.
The government news agency also drew flak for publishing a Chinese propaganda editorial criticizing the United Nations arbitral ruling that favored the Philippines in the disputed West Philippine Sea.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has promised that heads will roll at the PNA if some of its staff are found negligent.
He has yet to comment on the state news agency’s latest mistake.
Story: ABS-CBN News