PCSO apologizes ‘poor editing’ of jackpot winner’s photo

MANILA, Philippines – After the social media buzz about the edited picture of the individual claiming the cash prize for the Lotto 6/42 lone bettor from San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office General Manager Mel Robles promptly broke his silence on the issue.

PCSO apologizes ‘poor editing’ of jackpot winner’s photo
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office/Screenshot from Unang Hirit (YouTube)

In an interview on the morning magazine show "Unang Hirit" on GMA Network this Thursday, January 18, Robles stated that the photo of the mentioned woman, who claimed and received criticism from netizens and social media personalities, was indeed edited.

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“Buong mundo po wala po talagang nagpapakita [ng mukha] unless gusto niya. Sabi ko nga kung natatawa sila na inedit ‘yong palda eh sa ibang bansa po mascot pa nga ang isinusuot,” Robles stated.

Follow-up question from the host Arnold Clavio, “Ah talagang ineedit n’yo?”

“Ine-edit po talaga ‘yon… ang objective po talaga is to keep the anonymity. Pero… we have to show the people na may totoong nanalo at the same time without violating naman ‘yong privacy niya…” he said.

It was emphasized during the session of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means chaired by Senator Raffy Tulfo, same day.

“We have to protect the identity of the winner. Mayroon pong nagreklamo sa amin one time, we covered the face, eh ‘yong damit naman po ay nakilala. Nagreklamo siya, sana naman po ‘wag naman ipakita po ‘yong damit,” the general manager said.

“So ‘yan po ang reason niyan and I agree it’s a very poor editing pero the objective is to conceal the clothing na maidentify sa kanya,” he added.

Tulfo questioned the necessity of editing the clothes, and Robles clarified that there was a possibility that the fortunate winner's neighbor could notice them wearing their preferred attire.

“If there’s something we apologize for, it’s the poor editing, but it has served its purpose of concealing the identity. We’re sorry we’re not very good at editing the clothes,” he said.

He mentioned that even though the photo underwent editing, the solitary bettor who asserted her cash prize was an authentic and genuine individual.

— Noel Ed Richards, The Summit Express

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