Michael Martinez’s letter may have been marked spam—Palace


Michael Christian Martinez AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The e-mail of figure skater Michael Christian Martinez’s mother that was sent to President Benigno Aquino III was probably marked spam, a Palace official said Tuesday.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma reiterated that they did not receive any letter from Martinez’s mother, supposedly asking the government to support the skater’s bid in the Winter Olympics.

“It was not received in the e-mail. One possibility offered was that it was placed in the spam folder. And by protocol, our staff does not retrieve e-mails marked spam because of security implications,” he said in Filipino during a press briefing.

Coloma assured the public that they check the official e-mail account of their office every day and refer the letters to concerned agencies.

Nevertheless, the Secretary said they hope the outpouring of support for Martinez after he finished top 19 in the figure skating competition in Sochi will “generate enough momentum for him to qualify for the next Olympics.”

“That is why we said before that while he did not receive enough support in the past, he is now reaping tremendous support from all sectors. And the government is one with those giving support,” Coloma said.


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    if you don’t open the spam folders list at all, you wouldn’t have a clue if it was something very important. pero iba na rin talaga ang hard copy na handcarried ng tamang taga-follow up, lalo na pag ganitong appeal for support for the glory of the country. even then, i know how mail of this sort ends up in the less prioritized list of malacañang sa dami na rin talaga ng intindihin nila sa taong bayan araw-araw. i used to be with the communications department of one government agency receiving snail mail from the OP that are sometimes 3-6 months late.

  • KarloSilverioSevilla

    Hay naku, biased pa rin ako sa hard copy. ;-)

  • neverwint3r

    lol spam pala napunta, typical excuse. didn’t they lose emails before like that one from the sabah heir?
    yun bang mga emails from senators and congressmen asking for their pork barrel funds, sa spam din? o nasa priority list?

    • will liam

      Pork emails hindi yan spam, kahit na ang spam ay gawa sa baboy. Baka pwede scam folder?

  • guest

    Stupid explanation! The reasoning is so embarrassing even a first grader will not believe it.

  • wishfull thinking

    Siyempre sa spam talaga ang punta ng letter ni Martinez……eh panu naman sa settings ng email ng gobyerno ay pag may email na galing sa taongbayan ay authomatic sa spam ang punta!….kasi “virus” daw into! ehehe!

  • valsore

    That is to be expected. Why is this article even here? Even if President Aquino sends me an email right now, it will end up to my spam, LOL

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