Incoming Communication Secretary eyes state tabloid, website and talk show for Duterte

  • Incoming PCOO chief mulls gov’t tabloid, website and talk show for president-elect
  • He said the new strategy will enable Duterte to directly address the people
  • He also said they are planning ways to smoothen tension with the media

MANILA, Philippines – With President-elect Rodrigo Duterte set to formally assume his office soon, his chosen communications chief said they are mulling the creation of a website and weekly tabloid and talk show for him.

In his first press briefing with the media at the Malacañang Palace, incoming Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said their new strategy aims to enable Duterte to directly bring his message to the people.

This could be done by having the incoming administration print its own weekly tabloid and setting up its own website.

Andanar said he is also seriously considering a weekly TV show for the incoming president just like his “Gikan sa Masa” program in Davao City.

“I would propose to bring that here in Manila and make it a national program,” News Central Philippines quoted him as saying.

Andanar, a former TV5 newsman, also downplayed Duterte’s current tiff with the media and promised that Duterte’s government will not shut the doors to the press.

“We will have to craft a media relations strategy, but if you ask me, what I will personally do is talk to you. The office will be open for you, guys, and we can talk,” he said.

As PCOO Secretary, Andanar will oversee government media agencies including state-owned stations and printing offices.

His predecessor, outgoing Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, was his mentor at the Asian Institute of Management.

“My biggest challenge is to surpass the achievements of Secretary Sonny Coloma, my professor at the Asian Institute of Management,” he said, when asked what his goal as PCOO chief is.