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‘Disgrasya’ Andanar: I’m still PCOO Chief


By Prince Golez

Secretary Martin Andanar stays as head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

“Yes,” said Andanar when asked if the operation of PCOO remains under his leadership.

Newly-designated Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo earlier said the PCOO chief would stay in his role until the Office of Press Secretary (OPS) is reestablished.

“I think until such time as the OPS is created the PCOO with him at the helm is still operational as an entity,” Panelo told reporters on Saturday.

President Rodrigo Duterte had announced his plan to revive the OPS to replace the PCOO.

In 2010, then President Benigno Aquino III issued Executive Order 4, reorganizing the OPS into the PCOO and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO).

In 2016, Duterte abolished PCDSPO and moved its functions to the PCOO.