Malacañang reprimands Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino chair Virgilio Almario for tweaking P-Noy’s official title from "Pangulo ng Pilipinas

Almario, whose pen name is Rio Alma, is also a National Artist.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Jerry Esplanada reports that Malacañang has told off Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) chairman and National Artist Virgilio Almario "for tampering with the President's official message on the 225th birth anniversary of the poet Francisco Balagtas" by changing his official title from "Pangulo ng Pilipinas" to "Pangulo ng Filipinas." The event was held last week.


According to the report, Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) has asked Almario "to make the necessary corrections in KWF publications and refrain from altering the original message of the President." The Palace issued the statement after it was discovered that Almario changed the word "Pilipinas" to "Filipinas" in Aquino's message published in an April 2 souvenir program without the President's permission.


In his memo to Almario dated August 16, Quezon said the official title of the President is Pangulo ng Pilipinas, not Pangulo ng Filipinas. Citing certain provisions of the charter, the presidential spokesperson said, "It is Pilipinas if you are referring to the country's name, Pilipino if you are referring to a Philippine national and Filipino if you are referring to the national language."


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