• Carandang quits Malacañang job


    Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) head Ricky Carandang will quit his post by the end of December, Malacañang sources said on Wednesday.

    The Manila Times was informed that the secretary himself “offered to leave government service by the end of the month.”

    ”I think that everybody knows that he [Carandang] is leaving,” the source told The Times.

    The source said Carandang will be “moving to the Manila Electric Co. [Meralco], probably, as its spokesperson,” the source added.

    Carandang was a broadcast journalist before he was tapped to join the President’s communication team in July 2010.

    Another Palace source, who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak for the President, said Aquino is considering PCDSPO Undersecretary Manuel Quezon 3rd as Carandang’s replacement.

    Quezon wrote a column for Today newspaper before joining the Philippine Daily Inquirer as a columnist and editorial writer. He was also the host and writer of The Explainer on the cable ABS-CBN News Channel.

    Aquino appointed him as presidential assistant for historical affairs in 2003.

    As early as February, reports had surfaced that Carandang was resigning, and that
    President Aquino “appears to have accepted” his resignation.

    Carandang has said earlier he never indicated he wanted to resign, but that he will stay at the pleasure of the President.

    Malacañang officials on Wednesday neither confirmed or denied that Carandang is stepping down.

    Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said he has “no information on that matter.”

    Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Carandang was in a better position to answer the issue.


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    1. Roldan Guerrero on

      PCDSCO was purposely created for Carandang a goodwill present from BSA due to the latters active participation on BSAs presidential bid. It is so unfortunate that the peoples money are spent uselessly by these useless government agencies. It is only in the Phils. where a President has so many spokespersons and Carandang is one of them. Not long ago, unexplained millions of pesos spent by Carandang and his office on telephone bills surfaced in the media but it died down so fast which means that whatever this government does is justified whether it is right or wrong. Rich countries, taking Japan particularly has only 11 cabinet ministries and it is so surprising that a country who is a perrennial beneficiary of Foreign Aids to survive has more that 3 times. The Phils has more than 33 Cabinets, having so many undersecretaries and asst. secretaries in each department which which shows that this country pretending to be rich but unfortunately a very poor one as a result of Patronage Politics.

    2. A release valve as intense pressure is building up on the parents of Ricky to shed light on the psychological deficit of the Tenant. Placing MQ III could speed up the process as he circulates about another “Holy Order,” even as Fr Bulatao, S.J. has decided to keep mum on his evaluation of the psychological make-up of this Tenant.

    3. Aquino appointed him as presidential assistant for historical affairs in 2003.

      Ms. Catherine Valente, do you mean Aquino is already President in 2003?