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Andanar says transition team ready for new press secretary

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Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin M. Andanar — PHILSTAR/KRIS JOHN ROSALES

PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin M. Andanar said a transition team is ready anytime if Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesman Salvador S. Panelo takes over the Office of the Press Secretary. “What I know for now is that, as a concurrent legal adviser and Spokesman of the President, Sal (Mr. Panelo) will readily accept that post,” Mr. Andanar said, speaking in mixed English and Filipino, in a radio interview on Oct. 13. The position was earlier offered to Harry L. Roque, Jr. who has yet to resign as the President’s spokesman. Mr. Roque said he will announce his plans this week. Mr. Andanar said he is now focusing on finalizing the draft order that will revert the PCOO to the Office of the Press Secretary. As for the current employees of the PCOO, Mr. Andanar said everyone, particularly the President’s appointees, should be ready to go. “We all serve at the pleasure of the President,” he said. — Arjay L. Balinbin









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