PTV apologizes for using the hashtag #dutertepalpak on tweet regarding President's edict to provide free masks

PTV apologizes for using the hashtag #dutertepalpak on tweet regarding President's edict to provide free masks

- PTV made a tweet regarding the new directive from President Rodrigo Duterte about providing free masks to the public

- PTV mistakenly included the hashtag #dutertepalpak in their tweet posted at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

- The state network has posted an apology for the blunder on their Twitter page and posted a link to the news story of the President's order

- Along with the apology, the state network also said that they will be investigating the intent behind the malicious post

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State-run People's Television Network (PTV) recently apologized for their blunder regarding a tweet about Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

The President has reiterated his directive to offer free masks to the public especially to those who can't procure them in light of the recent spike in cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines.

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PTV shared the story about the President on their Twitter page at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 however they included #dutertepalpak on the tweet. #dutertepalapak is a hashtag being used by the President's detractors.

PTV apologizes for using the hashtag #dutertepalpak on tweet regarding President's edict to provide free masks
President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech as he witnesses the arrival of a shipment of Sinovac vaccines at NAIA on February 28, 2021 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
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PTV posted another tweet apologizing for the mishap and explained that they will be investigating the objective for the malicious post.

"At around 7:00 p.m., a post of PTV on Twitter circulated with the wrong hashtag which was never in the original caption"
"PTV is currently investigating the intent behind this malicious post. Our apologies."

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Rodrigo Roa Duterte is a Filipino politician who is the current president of the Philippines and the first from Mindanao to hold office. He is the chairperson of PDP–Laban, the ruling political party in the Philippines. Duterte took office at age 71 on June 30, 2016, making him the oldest person to assume the Philippine presidency.

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