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Duterte rejects Andanar as political adviser: Disgrasya tayong lahat kung siya!

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President Rodrigo Duterte isn’t keen on appointing Communications Secretary Martin Andanar as his political adviser with the impending exit of Francis Tolentino to run for senator.

In a press conference in Davao City Friday (October 12), Duterte said it will be a “disaster” if Andanar will be his political adviser.

“Disgrasya tayong lahat kung political adviser. Talo… Tanungin mo nga kung nanalo ba siya ng eleksyon ni minsan?” he said after arriving from a one-day trip to Indonesia.

Duterte quickly added that he was only joking.

“‘Di, ‘di, ‘di, biro lang ‘yan. I’ll consider everybody,” he said.

Andanar claimed he would likely be appointed as Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs once Tolentino files his certificate of candidacy next week and is deemed resigned from his post.

He, however, admitted that Duterte haas yet to talk to him about any new appointment.

Andanar’s post may be dissolved amid plans to reconstitute the Presidential Communications Operations Office into the Office of the Press Secretary.