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OPS probably said, “Oops!”

A troll-like comment by the verified Facebook page of the Office of Presidential Spokesperson (OPS) insulting two journalists is making its rounds online.

The comment was seen posted during The Mindanao Hour’s Facebook livestream video of a Malacanang press briefing on Friday, October 27.

The remark made read: “(laughing emoji) si pia at si lourd devera pantay na sa kakupalan (laughing emoji)”

(Pia and Lourd Devera are now even in terms of being jerks.)

It was not clear what topic or issue incited the comment, as well as the identitiy of a certain ‘Pia’. Two journalists with same name regularly cover the palace briefings – Pia Ranada of Rappler and Pia Gutierrez of ABS-CBN. Ranada asked Task Force Bangon Marawi Spokesperson Toby Purisima about foreign assistance and the European Union aid for rebuilding Marawi City. Gutierrez, meanwhile, did not ask a question during the briefing.

The ‘Lourd Devera’ was most likely referring to Lourd de Veyra, a broadcast personality known for his critical stance on the current administration.

De Veyra posted screenshots of the said comment on his Facebook account with the caption: “Kung kups ako, mas kupal yung mga gumagawa nito na gamit ang pera ng taumbayan. (kiss emojis) #HuliKaBalbon #TheBestAndTheBrightest

Kung kups ako, mas kupal yung mga gumagawa nito na gamit ang pera ng taumbayan. 😘#HuliKaBalbon #TheBestAndTheBrightest

Posted by Lourd de Veyra on Friday, October 27, 2017

The said comment has since been deleted, but not as fast as the viewers who screenshot and made the comment viral.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella – who has been hard at work defending the recent sexual jokes the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo made – clarified in a statement that the comment was written by a former administrator of the page no longer connected with his office.

“The said comment does not reflect the official and personal views of the Presidential spokesperson or his office on the individuals being referred to,” he added.

He also assured that the OPS Team has already restricted page roles and removed the former administrator’s access.

This is not the first social media gaffe authorities have made. PCOO tweeted the word “fafda” on its Twitter account without any context. Before it was even deleted, it was retweeted 21 times, earning 29 likes and a flood of mocking sentiments from netizens.

PCOO Asec. Mocha Uson has also been called out multiple times that the #FireMocha petitioned for her ouster.

What are your thoughts on the OPS comment?

Photo from Manila Bulletin


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