Andanar says no to Senate run in 2019

PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar The Philippine Star

MANILA — Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Saturday said he never had ambitions of running for senator, amid reports that at least six members of the Duterte cabinet will be seeking a local or national post in the 2019 midterm elections.

“Ay, hindi. Never kopotalagangbinalaknatumakbongsenador. Wala, ditolangakosa background. Mahinaakosapulitika (No. I never had plans to run for senator. I prefer being in the background. I’m reserved when it comes to politics),” Andanar said in an interview over DZMM.

Andanar said he was contented that under his leadership, the PCOO and its attached agencies including state-run PTV-4, RadyoPilipinas, and the Philippine News Agency, among others, have vastly improved.

“I’ve already done what — I thought that I’ve already achieved my objectives for the government media,” Andanar said.

Under his leadership, the PCOO and its attached agencies underwent several major reforms.

Andanar said the Philippine Broadcasting Service’s AM and FM radio stations garnered a larger audience share “from nowhere in the rating” to higher spots, while the People’s Television (PTV) Network is now number four in the ratings game.

The PCOO has also increased its social media presence with its official Facebook page garnering almost 1.5 million followers from just 200,000 followers before the Duterte administration.

Meanwhile, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) also launched a new website design after over three decades of using an outdated interface.

PNA has also forged a memorandum of agreement (MOA), among several others, with Hungarian media network, the Media Support and Asset Management Fund (MSAMF), to bolster the Philippines-Hungary ties through news exchanges and cooperation.

Andanar also said a Mindanao media hub facility is expected to be established to house the government media.

Moreover, the PCOO is bent on educating the citizens in countering the spread of fake news and disinformation through its “Dismissing Disinformation” campaign. (PNA)