The big PCOO shakeup: Will Harry Roque become Duterte’s new spokesperson?
A major reshuffle is in the offing within the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Politiko has learned that KABAYAN party-list Rep. Harry Roque is being eyed as the new addition to the PCOO, either as the new Communications Secretary or Presidential Spokesperson.
Incumbent Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has long been walking on thin ice due to the major boo-boos that have happened under his watch.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, meanwhile, drew flak from Palace insiders for failing to adequately defend President Rodrigo Duterte from reports he was misinformed about the European Union’s supposed threat about the Philippines’ ouster from the United Nations.
But between the two PCOO officials, rumor is rife that it’s Andanar who will be let go of, to be replaced by Abella.
The uncertainty over Andanar and Abella’s stay in the Palace has prompted speculation that Roque will be tapped as the new presidential spokesperson.
An abogado, Roque is articulate and media-savvy. He’s also known to have a good grasp of current affairs and pressing issues.