Andanar among those being investigated in P60-M Tourism ad deal, says Bong Go

  • Palace is looking into PCOO chief Andanar’s possible involvement in the DOT ad deal
  • Go said they are still waiting for the report surrounding the controversy
  • Andanar, as PCOO head, has been overseeing the PTV 4 operations

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar is among those being investigated by the Malacañang Palace for their possible involvement in the controversial P60-M advertisement deal between the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the state-owned PTV 4.

This was revealed by Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go during an interview over DZMM on Wednesday.

Go said the Palace is still trying to get the whole story surrounding the multi-million ad deal which was awarded to the Bitag Media, an entity owned by Ben Tulfo, brother of DOT Secretary Wanda Teo. He admitted all officials involved in the deal are facing probe including Andanar, whose office oversees PTV 4.

“Nag-aantay ho kami ng report dito,” said Go. “Inaalam po muna namin ang buong istorya.”  [We are still waiting for the report. We are trying to get the whole story.]

Go added the President won’t be making any statement just yet until the investigation is over.

“Ganoon naman si Pangulo eh, inaalam niya muna iyong buong istorya bago po siya magsalita at magdedesisyon,” he said.

[The President has always been like that. He will get to the bottom of the story first before making any statement or decision.]

Teo has repeatedly denied any irregularities in the deal or her involvement in the payments; saying the agreement was  made between the DOT and the PTV 4.