Misspelled ASEAN welcome banners “Philppines” taken down

Image by Danny Pata via GMA News, Maar's tweet

“WELCOME to the Philppines! ASEAN Delegates” said the inscriptions on the tarp banners welcoming world leaders coming into the country for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Committee (NOC) clarified on Friday that the welcome banners with the misspelling were immediately taken down as these did not comply with the approved guidelines for display.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan read a statement by the NOC: “The exact tarpaulins or billboards pinned in areas leading to the Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex did not conform to the approved final artwork.”

The PCOO official said that they are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the distribution and display of the subject tarpaulins or billboards.

“These are neither printed or distributed by the PCOO, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), TIEZA (Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority), the MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) or the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways,)” Ablan added.

Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has already removed and replaced the banners in questions.

US President Donald Trump, Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are among the dialogue partners to arrive in the Philippines for the 31st ASEAN Summit.