Andanar to remain PCOO chief – Panelo
MALACAÑANG on Saturday said Secretary Martin Andanar will remain as head of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office ( PCOO) until the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) has been established.
Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement a day after he assumed the role given to him by President Rodrigo Duterte even as his predecessor, Harry Roque Jr. has yet to formally quit the post.
In a text message, Panelo clarified that the PCOO will remain in place until the President signed the executive order reviving the OPS.
“I think until such time as the OPS is created, the PCOO with him at the helm is still operational as an entity,” Panelo said when asked if Andanar will continue to be PCOO chief.
Panelo will head the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson concurrent to his other job as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel.
Andanar may be appointed Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs, replacing Francis Tolentino, who will run for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.
Panelo, who took over the Palace podium on Friday, said he does not know if Roque has resigned but that the latter “Really wants to be senator.
He said the former Kabayan party- list lawmaker had asked to meet members of the Malacañang Press Corps on Monday “probably to say his goodbyes.”
“Actually, I don’t know what will happen to him. But what I know is that, he texted me, he asked me if he can meet you on Monday, perhaps to say his goodbyes and thanks. So, he will be there on Monday,” Panelo added.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE