Nagmagaling! Andanar: I asked Duterte to head PCOO
In hindsight, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar may only have himself to blame for the failures of certain agencies he’s overseeing under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) because he asked for the job.
Speaking to former socioeconomic planning secretary Winnie Monsod on GMA News TV’s “Bawal ang Pasaway” which aired Monday (August 28), Andanar revealed that it was he who asked President Rodrigo Duterte if he could head PCOO.
He said he made the request when he and Duterte met on June 2, 2016, as the newly-proclaimed President was scouting for people to fill his Cabinet.
“Mr. President, kung talagang kukunin niyo po ako, you assign me sa PCOO because it’s all operations, and I’m really a behind the scenes guy. I may be on-cam on TV but I’m really more comfortable managing behind,” Andanar recalled telling Duterte.
Andanar said that at the time of his meeting with Duterte, he was already planning on retiring from “media management” at TV5, where he worked as a news anchor for several years.
He said Duterte asked him if he wanted to become the presidential spokesperson, but he declined because he wanted to fix the PCOO first.
“Ayusin ko muna yung ahensya na napabayaan na and after one year I can start talking on your behalf,” Andanar recalled telling the President.
Andanar has been drawing flak for the Philippine News Agency’s snafus, as well as some of the controversial posts on social media of his subordinate, Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
He has also come under fire for coming out with interim guidelines for accrediting bloggers and social media personalities to cover Duterte.