Andanar on Duterte’s speech: Take his words seriously but not literally, 17 Dec. 2016

“He is not a killer,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said when asked on BBC Newsday Friday, December 16, in Singapore about a recent controversial statement picked up by foreign media on Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s statement apparently admitting he killed three people when he was mayor of Davao City.

Andanar: Inspired by Singapore’s goal to become a media hub in the region, 17 Dec. 2016

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Singapore Minister of Communications and Information (MCI) Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim met on Thursday, December 15 in Singapore to explore opportunities for cooperative projects in the fields of media policy and information exchange, training and human resource development, co-production, and other mutual exchanges to improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

From the Office of the Communications Secretary, 25 Nov. 2016

This is in reference to a news story, entitled, “Duterte: US allowed same-sex marriage, where are their principles?” published 24 November 2016, where the President had been depicted as against same-sex marriages and which had offended our allies in the LGBT community.

CA confirms PCO Secretary Andanar, 13 Oct. 2016

The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday, October 12, confirmed the appointment of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who vowed to streamline the functions of his office and come up with a unified messaging system for the Executive department.

President Duterte set to visit Vietnam this week

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is set to be in Vietnam for his official visit this week, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said on Sunday.

 This will be the first visit of Duterte in Vietnam since he assumed the presidency last June 30.

 The Palace official, however, has yet to confirm on who will be the officials and groups the President will meet during his trip to Hanoi.

 He noted that Read More

Govt’s war on drugs gaining ground – Andanar

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar Thursday said that the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs is now gaining ground as more people attest to safer streets in Metro Manila.

Palace maintains no hand in De Lima’s ouster from Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday said Malacañan recognizes the independence of its co-equal branches in government relative to the decision of the members of the Senate to oust Senator Leila de Lima as Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

 In his regular press briefing, Andanar maintained the executive branch of government had no hand whatsoever in the ouster move, saying that the Senate has Read More

PTV hits the ground running

Have you noticed an improvement of signal quality of the video and audio of the flagship government station?

Pulse Asia survey: Record-high public trust rating for PRRD

President Rodrigo R. Duterte now holds the highest level of public trust since 1999, when Pulse Asia first conducted its trust ratings survey. This is based on the most recent survey conducted by Pulse Asia, which was released on Wednesday.

Andanar, Alvarez: SONA preparations underway

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Mondaygave an update on the ongoing preparations for the First State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Andanar: ‘Next week is a historic week’

Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said the United Nations (UN) Arbitration Court decision on the West Philippine Sea will be released in the afternoon of Tuesday, July 12.

Incoming secretary details changes in communication office under Duterte administration

Officials of the Aquino and incoming Duterte administrations continue to fine-tune the details of the transition to ensure a smooth transfer of mandate at the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said on Monday. “Patuloy ang aming pakikipag-ugnayan sa isa’t isa upang maibahagi kay incoming secretary Martin Andanar ang mga mahalagang impormasyon tungkol sa trabahong ginagampanan ng Communications Office,” Secretary Coloma told reporters at Malacañang Palace. Read More