Andanar remains in Cabinet sans PCOO

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar

PRESIDENTIAL Communications Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Martin Andanar revealed that he will “most-likely” take on the post as President Rodrigo Duterte’s Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Andanar said that he was informed by the President’s top aides that he is likely to succeed incumbent Political Adviser Francis Tolentino, who will be deemed resigned from his post once he files his certificate of candidacy for the 2019 Senate race next week.

“We have just talked about that possibility in the future,” said Andanar. “Myself, Secretary Bong Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco have discussed about this before the Cabinet meeting.”

The PCOO secretary earlier said that Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, Jr. should accept the Press Secretary post since the PCOO — which Andanar currently heads — may be reconstituted as the Office of Press Secretary.

The offer to Roque surfaced after the spokesman was “not informed” that President Duterte went to the hospital for endoscopy and colonoscopy. Roque was again left in the dark when Duterte went to Hong Kong with partner Honeylet Avanceña and daughter Kitty over the weekend.

Duterte has also been earlier quoted as saying that Roque should not run for the Senate in the 2019 polls because he will lose and the soldiers do not like him.

Andanar, however, clarified that Duterte has yet to talk to him about his new post.

“It will be hard to assume or preempt what post the President will give me,” said Andanar.