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Thursday, November 9, 2017

DOTr calls out ABS-CBN for misleading headline


Philippine Department of Transportation Facebook page on Thursday releases a statement to call-out ABS-CBN news agency for publishing a misleading and malicious headline, according to the page.


The headline read: “Tugade: Pray for MRT.”

DOTr brought to Facebook to express their dismay over the news agency’s choice of words. According to the group, the headline intended to throw shade to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade's statement and diminish the effort the department has put into improving the MRT.

The headline seemed to imply that DOTr is just waiting for prayers, when in fact the rest of the article clearly shows that it was not just what Tugade was asking for.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade / Photo from RMN Networks

The page then went on to urge the news agency to properly serve the Filipino people by publishing truthful, non-misleading, and non-clickbait headlines.

This news comes after the Department of transportation terminated its contract with Busan Universal Rail, MRT-3 contractor.

The full statement of DOTr on Facebook is as follows,

"DOTr PRESS STATEMENT
09 November 2017

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) finds the ABS-CBN story titled "Tugade: Pray for MRT" misleading and malicious.

Issues concerning the MRT-3 are serious, and the DOTr is serious in solving them. We are taking bold steps to ensure that the system is safe and reliable. We are not just waiting for a miracle.


At the sidelines of the NLEX Harbor Link inspection today, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade told the media:

"TULUNGAN NIYO PO KAMI. BIGYAN NYO KAMI NG TIWALA. AMBUNAN NYO KAMI NG DASAL. 'PAGKAT ANG PROBLEMA HO SA MRT AY MASYADONG MALAWAK AT MALALIM. HUWAG TAYO UMASA NG MILAGRO PERO GAGAWIN NATIN ANG ATING MAKAKAYA."

While that exact quote was used by ABS-CBN in its story, it is clear, however, that the headline was meant to put malice into Secretary Tugade's statement. A clickbait, perhaps?

The DOTr urges ABS-CBN to be truthful, and not post misleading headlines, if it were to really serve the Filipino people."


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