By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Former broadcast journalist and Cavite Rep. Gilbert Remulla is reportedly being considered as the next spokesman of President Duterte.
Multiple sources told Politiko that Remulla was the person described by President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month as his next spokesman.
In his November 8 speech, Duterte stressed that he does not think acting Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo will transition himself to that position permanently since he will remain as the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel.
The chief executive said he was “considering other names” especially the “one from ABS-CBN.”
Aside from Remulla, former Kapamilya broadcaster Jay Sonza is also being considered by Duterte to become his spokesman although many stakeholders both in the media industry and in the political arena are against the latter’s potential appointment.
A member of Partido Nacionalista (NP), Remulla obtained a degree in Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1993. In 1997, Remulla finished his Masters in International Media and Communications at the Columbia University in New York.
Remulla rose to fame when he became a television reporter for ABS-CBN during mid-90’s. During his stint at the Kapamilya network, Remulla covered various assignments from local police/crime stories all the way up to the national news scene especially the House of Representatives and Malacañang.
The youngest son of the late former Cavite Juanito “Johnny” Remulla, entered the political arena in 2001 when he was elected congressman in the province’s second district.
During his stint at the lower house, Remulla became one of the prominent voices of the political opposition against former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
In 2004, Remulla failed his re-election bid after being defeated by Dasmariñas City Mayor Elpidio Barzaga as second district legislator of Cavite.
The former solon joined NP in 2008 and ran as senator in the 2010 elections but failed.
His brothers, Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla and former Governor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla Jr. are both running in next year’s midterm elections, with the former eyeing a House comeback in the province’s seventh district while the latter is seeking a potential return in the provincial capitol.