Lapses in information in government publications will not happen again, according to Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar.
During a hearing on the proposed PCOO budget of P1.255 billion for 2017, Andanar on Tuesday said he was upset when the Official Gazette was recently scored by netizens for “revisionism.”
“I have accepted full responsibility for that and we have also had a lapse in a very big way [with the]blunder that happened a few days ago when the operators of the Official Gazette placed [a caption about]martial law, omitted it and then placed it back,” Andanar told lawmakers.
“We’ve had lapses in our operations and these lapses happened because of overzealousness of our staff at the Presidential News Desk, even announcing seating arrangement of Asean leaders [that]we are not supposed to be announced because these matters are supposed to be exclusive,” he said.
The Official Gazette last Sunday posted that then-President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law “to suppress communist insurgency and secessionism in Mindanao, and stepped down in 1986 to avoid bloodshed during an uprising later known as People Power.”
The post was taken down after drawing flak from netizens, who accused administrators of the page of historical revisionism.
The reaction prompted the administrators to omit “to avoid bloodshed” in the caption.
“Ferdinand Marcos started his political career in 1949 as a representative of the second district of Ilocos Norte.
Ten years thereafter, Marcos was able to secure a seat as a member of the Philippine Senate in 1959 and was elected Senate president in 1963. Ferdinand Marcos became the 10th president of Philippines in 1965. He was the longest-serving president of the country for almost 21 years,” the new post read.
In its official Facebook page, the Official Gazette belied revising history.
“We only convey what is documented in the official records. We continually update materials to keep them as historically accurate as possible. The Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines is devoid of any political color and affiliations,” the post read.