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PNA Apologizes After Using Dole Logo for DOLE Pay Rules Announcement

Philippine News Agency (PNA) apologized after using the logo of Dole Food Company, Inc. for Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) pay rules announcement.

The state-run news website accompanied the said story with the official seal of Dole, a world-renowned company which is popular for producing food products particularly pineapple.

“In a story titled ‘DOLE issues pay rules for 2018 holidays’ posted on the PNA website on Aug. 11, 2017, the accompanying photo was that of Dole Philippines,” PNA said in a statement.

According to the government-run website, a staff “inadvertently attached the wrong photo” thus it ensure that all stories are accompanied by a photo.

“It was a careless act on the PNA editorial staff,” the statement noted.

“Rest assured appropriate action is being taken in pursuit of the delivery of accurate information to our readers. Our apologies.”

This is not the first time that the Philippine News Agency has been exclaimed for an error.

According to Inquirer.net, PNA was heavily criticized last weekend for “uploading Chinese news agency Xinhua’s editorial piece criticizing the Permanent Court Arbitration ruling on the West Philippine Sea.”

PNA was also lambasted for reportedly “uploading fake news” about a member-state of United Nations which allegedly commending the human rights situation in the country.

Last May, it was criticized online for wrongly using a photo of a Vietnamese soldier during Vietnam War to depict the crisis in war devastated Marawi City.

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