Is there hope for PCOO? Gatchalian mistakenly called “Sen. Winston” in a press release

Image from Sen. Gatchalian's Facebook account
  • Gatchalian was mistakenly referred to as “Sen. Winston” in a PCOO press release
  • The senator expressed his disappointment on Twitter
  • It was PCOO’s third ‘boo boo’ in less than two weeks

MANILA, Philippines – First there was “Norwegia”, then “Rogelio” Golez. Now it’s Senator Sherwin Gatchalian’s turn to be at the receiving end of Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) seemingly endless gaffe.

Gatchalian expressed his disappointment on Twitter after a press release by PCOO dated June 13 mistakenly referred to him as “Sen. Winston Gatchalian”.

The lawmaker on Saturday shared a screenshot of the press release with the caption:  “May pagasa pa ba ang PCOO???” [Is there still hope for PCOO?]

It was PCOO’s third boo-boo in less than two weeks; sparking outrage anew among netizens.

The press release posted on PCOO’s website read: “The President witnessed the signing with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr., Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, Sen. Winston Gatchalian, and Zamboanga Sibugay 2nd District Rep. Ann Hofer.”

Image from Sen. Gatchalian’s post via Twitter

In a Facebook post last June 13, PCOO mistakenly referred to the Kingdom of Norway as “Norwegia.” This was followed by another blunder the following day by  referring to the late National Security Adviser Roilo Golez’s first name as “Rogelio”.

While the errors has since been corrected, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque suggested PCOO should use “spell checker” more often.

“Sana po talaga pataasin pa ang kanilang ‘spell check’ dahil meron namang Word program na ‘spell checker’ pero I’m sure they will learn again from this experience,” said Roque.

[I hope they will improve their ‘spell check’ since there is a Word program called ‘spell checker’ but I’m sure they will learn again from this experience.]

The latest mess up now adds to the growing list of PCOO’s blunders which include the DOLE logo, glaring grammatical errors on Malacañang IDs and many more.