STATE-RUN People’s Television Network (PTV4) yesterday said it would impose sanctions on those responsible for posting of the “#DutertePalpak” hashtag in its official social media account on Tuesday night.
Following the boo-boo, PTV4 went off air yesterday to “undertake an extensive and thorough disinfection” of its main office and facilities.
PTV4, in a statement, said the “erroneous message that was inadvertently posted by PTV Media, as it turned out, was the result of auto correcting systems in the text entry phase and a failure to adequately review and screen the message that actually got posted.”
It added that it deeply regrets the error and takes full responsibility for the oversight.
“The management will certainly institute disciplinary actions against members of the social media team who are behind the erroneous posting,” PTV added.
At around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, PTV’s Twitter account posted a link to a story on President Duterte’s call for local government to provide more face masks amid rising cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The post read: “President Rodrigo R. #dutertepalpak BTS reiterated his order to provide free masks for the public especially to those who cannot buy their own.”
The post was taken down later. The network apologized and said it is “investigating the intent behind the malicious post.”
Prior to the incident the “#DutertePalpak” hashtag was among the trending topics on Twitter, as the public took to social media to express their opinion on how the government dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, a year into lockdown.
Malacañang denied it failed in managing the pandemic, with presidential spokesman Harry Roque even claiming that government was doing an “excellent job” in handling the COVID-19 pandemic until lately when the number of infections started spiking.
PTV will resume operation today for all non-station-produced programs while the station’s flagship programs like the public briefing “#LagingHandaPH” and “Ulat sa Bayan” will resume on March 22.
“A full resumption of regular programming will be announced separately. Meantime, the network assures to continue serving the public’s need for news and information by constantly and continuously keeping its Facebook and social media pages update with the latest development,” PTV said.