Who's 'Winston' Gatchalian? PCOO makes another online blunder
MANILA, Philippines – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has committed another online blunder – its third mistake in just over a week.
This time, it was the name of a senator that the agency got wrong.
A PCOO article published on June 13 marked the ceremonial signing of an agreement between the Commission on Higher Education and state universities, colleges, and local universities for the implementation of Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. The signing was witnessed by President Rodrigo Duterte and other public officials.
The problem: the article listed the law's co-author, who also attended the event, as "Senator Winston Gatchalian." The senator's correct first name is Sherwin.
On Saturday, June 23, or 10 days later, Gatchalian pointed out the mistake himself in a tweet, saying, "May pag-asa pa ba ang PCOO?" (Is there still hope for PCOO?)
May pagasa pa ba ang PCOO??? pic.twitter.com/xCtChdqewj— Sherwin Gatchalian (@stgatchalian) June 23, 2018
As of Saturday evening, the agency has already corrected the error.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions to PCOO's latest gaffe:
PCOO has been under fire in recent weeks for mistakes it has committed on its online platforms.
On June 14, PCOO misspelled the name of Norway – writing "Norwegia" instead – in a Facebook post about outgoing Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Erik Forner, who paid President Rodrigo Duterte a farewell call in Malacañang.
The next day, PCOO again committed a mistake, calling the late ex-National Security Adviser Roilo Golez as "Rogelio Golez" in its media releases about Duterte's visit to his wake.
Following these blunders, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that PCOO should boost its spell-checking efforts, and assured everyone that the agency will learn from its mistakes. – with a report from Nile Villa/Rappler.com
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