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Demotion deferred! Andanar to head PCOO until Office of Press Secretary is created- Palace

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Secretary Martin Andanar will remain the head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) until the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) has been established, Malacañang said Saturday (October 13).

“I think until such time as the OPS is created, the PCOO with him (Martin Andanar) at the helm is still operational as an entity,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters in a text messsage.

His statement comes days after President Rodrigo Duterte announced his plan to revive the OPS, with Panelo as head.

The OPS’ revival will lead to the PCOO’s abolition. Duterte, however, will likely remain as a consultant for the state-run PTV-4 network.

Duterte named Panelo as his spokesperson with Harry Roque’s impending exit from the Cabinet to pursue his senatorial bid.