The People’s Television Network (PTV) on Wednesday issued an official apology for their tweet that included the hashtag #DutertePalpak alongside the name of President Rodrigo Duterte, citing failure to review the predictive entry of the trending hashtag.
Because of this erroneous post, the personnel-in-charge will face disciplinary actions, said the network in their statement.
“PTV New Media 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,” it said.
On Tuesday night, PTV’s official Twitter account shared a link that contains a story on Duterte’s order to provide the public free face masks amid the surge of COVID-19 cases. However, the post replaced the President’s surname with the hashtag #DutertePalpak.
The original tweet was taken down a few minutes after it was posted.
Filipino netizens, however, were fast enough to have taken screenshots of the post and shared on social media.