An­da­nar to re­main PCOO chief – Panelo

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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

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