Who would have thought that a state-run media outfit will be calling their president ‘palpak’?
That was the scenario Tuesday evening when PTV-4, the flagship broadcast network of the government used the hashtag #dutertepalpak.
Around 7 PM, the official Twitter account of PTV-4 shared a story about President Rodrigo Duterte wanting to give free face mask to the public, one year into the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Enclosed in the said tweet was the hashtag #dutertepalpak that stayed online for about 40 minutes.
PTV released a statement that they are already investigating the ‘intent behind this malicious post’.
Despite the clarification of PTV-4, the damage has already been done as some notable news personality like columnist JC Punongbayan and former GMA reporter Marvin Tomandao has used the hashtag.
— Marvin Tomandao (@marvintomandao) March 16, 2021
Ano ba kasi yang #DutertePalpak. Sino ba ang nagpa-uso niyang #DutertePalpak. Di ba nila alam na sa pamamagitan ng pagbanggit sa #DutertePalpak ay niyuyurakan nila ang pangalan ng poong #DutertePalpak, dahil di naman talaga siya #DutertePalpak?! https://t.co/osN48EVgpW
— JC Punongbayan (@jcpunongbayan) March 16, 2021