Palace exec clarifies ASEAN ‘Philppines’ tarps: ‘Di pa final ‘yun

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A Malacañang official clarified that the ASEAN tarpaulins with misspelled word “Philppines” did not follow the approved guidelines for the summit’s display.

“The exact tarpaulins or billboards pinned in areas leading to the Mall of Asia Complex did not conform to the approved final artwork,” said Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan.

Ablan was also quick to clarify that the tarpaulins did not come from his office, the Presidential Communications Operations Office, or other member agencies of the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Committee (NOC).

He said the blunder was committed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Metro Manila division, which has apologized for the mistake.

“The DILG-NCR is in the process of removing the tarpaulins. We humbly extend our apology to the public for this oversight. We would also like to thank our netizens for calling our attention [to] the matter,” the statement of DILG read.

Powerful world leaders are expected to attend the annual summit including US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.