PNoy set to name top communications group officials
Tacloban City (July 12) -- President Benigno Aquino III is set to announce today the structure, the top officials and the members of his communications group.
In an interview over a government owned radio station, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that President Aquino has finally formed his communication group in a meeting on Friday, the official announcement will be made anytime today.
Reports in the national media stated that former transportation official Herminio Coloma and news anchor Ricky Carandang are expected to lead the new structure of the Office of the Press Secretary, that will be renamed Department of Public Information.
But Presidential Spokesman Lacierda made it clear that there is no official word yet on the supposed appointment of Coloma and Carandang to the Communications Group. Although the group was finalized last Friday night, Lacierda said the announcement of the structure will be made Monday.
News reports have it that Former Presidential Management Staff chief Herminio "Sonny" Coloma, who served under President Cory Aquino's administration, is set to handle media operations.
Former ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) news anchor Ricky Carandang, meanwhile, will strategize and craft government's messages.
The group will also supervise the Philippine Information Agency, government television and radio stations, among others. The Presidential Spokesman will also be under the Communications Group, and not the under of the Office of the President.
Meanwhile, an ABS-CBN report said that television host and columnist Manuel "Manolo" Quezon III will also be joining the highly touted communications group of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, sources.
Quezon, the grandson of former President Manuel L. Quezon, resigned from the ABS-CBN News Channel on Saturday, July 10. A known historian, Quezon was tapped as spokesman for the inaugural of Aquino. Since then, he has been on leave from his ANC show "The Explainer."
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported Quezon is also on leave from his column "The Long View." (PIA 8) [top]