Palace: Army did not manipulate controversial photo

Published December 29, 2019, 1:27 PM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

Malacañang said what the Philippine Army did with the controversial photo of rebel surrenderees was not a form of manipulation because they just “collaged” two photos to make a single picture.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement after the Philippine Army was criticized for releasing a badly manipulated photo where supposed Communist rebels, who had purportedly just surrendered their firearms, were photoshopped into the picture.

In a radio interview, Panelo said that as explained to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, two pictures were combined to make a picture.

“Hindi naman sinabi niya na minanipulate. Kinollage. Pinagsama. Yung dalawang pictures, pinagsama sa isang picture (Secretary Lorenzana did not say it was manipulated. Two photos were collaged to a single picture),” he said.

“So that’s not manipulation,” he insisted.

Panelo said it would be worse if the photos combined were not authentic to make it appear that a lot of rebels surrendered to the government.

However, a Facebook user traced the photo used to an event that took place in 2017. Netizens also pointed out that one of the guns seen in the photo was labeled “18 Jun 2019.”

The Philippine Army has apologized for editing the photo, saying they just wanted to protect the rebels who surrendered. They, however, stood by their story that the surrender took place a day after Christmas.

Despite the apology, Lorenzana ordered an investigation on the issue, saying the incident was unacceptable as it undermined the efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the communist insurgency in the country.

The Defense Secretary added sanctions will be meted those who manipulated the photo.

Read more: Lorenzana orders probe on ‘unacceptable’ photo gaffe by Army

 
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Palace: Army did not manipulate controversial photo

Published December 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

Malacañang said what the Philippine Army did with the controversial photo of rebel surrenderees was not a form of manipulation because they just “collaged” two photos to make a single picture.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement after the Philippine Army was criticized for releasing a badly manipulated photo where supposed Communist rebels, who had purportedly just surrendered their firearms, were photoshopped into the picture.

In a radio interview, Panelo said that as explained to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, two pictures were combined to make a picture.

“Hindi naman sinabi niya na minanipulate. Kinollage. Pinagsama. Yung dalawang pictures, pinagsama sa isang picture (Secretary Lorenzana did not say it was manipulated. Two photos were collaged to a single picture),” he said.

“So that’s not manipulation,” he insisted.

Panelo said it would be worse if the photos combined were not authentic to make it appear that a lot of rebels surrendered to the government.

However, a Facebook user traced the photo used to an event that took place in 2017. Netizens also pointed out that one of the guns seen in the photo was labeled “18 Jun 2019.”

The Philippine Army has apologized for editing the photo, saying they just wanted to protect the rebels who surrendered. They, however, stood by their story that the surrender took place a day after Christmas.

Despite the apology, Lorenzana ordered an investigation on the issue, saying the incident was unacceptable as it undermined the efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the communist insurgency in the country.

The Defense Secretary added sanctions will be meted those who manipulated the photo.

Read more: Lorenzana orders probe on ‘unacceptable’ photo gaffe by Army

 
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