Secretary Martin Andanar has directed three officials under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to explain the blunder involving Malacañang media identification cards filled with grammatical errors.
Andanar said he issued last Friday the show cause order against three officials, whom he did not identify, giving them 72 hours or until Monday to explain why they should not be held administratively liable.
“I’m expecting one answer today, or about two answers today,” the Cabinet secretary said in a radio interview on Monday.
Andanar maintained he had no hand in the issuance of the now recalled ID, saying the probe was launched in connection with protocols violated in the printing of the cards.
“Apart sa executive assistant, hindi ko pipirmahan iyong isang bagay na hindi na-check ng chief of staff. So sa pagkakataong ito, kulang na nga iyong dokumentong pinakita sa akin, nalinlang na ako kung ano dapat i-approve ko, tapos wala pa doon iyong pirma ng chief of staff,” he said.
Andanar, however, expressed hope that the error was not a form of sabotage.
“Sana hindi pero of course kailangan nating [imbestigahan],” he said.
The grammar boo-boo on the backside of the card was discovered by some holders who were killing the time while waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte to arrive at an event on March 21 in Pasay City.
Reacting to the online criticism, Andanar said last Friday that the backflip of the ID was not shown to him by his staff.
He also said the PCOO’s International Press Center did not return the final design for his approval, used an electronic signature without his permission, and used the wrong e-signature. —KG, GMA News