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.