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 is will be “moving to the Manila Electric Company [Meralco], probably, as its spokesperson,” the source added.
Carandang is a former broadcast journalist before being tapped to join the President’s communication team in July 2010.
Another Palace source, who was not authorized to speak for the President, said Aquino is considering PCDSPO Undersecretary Manuel Quezon 3rd as Carandang’s replacement.
Quezon was a former columnist of Today newspaper before joining the Philippine Daily Inquirer as a columnist and editorial writer. He 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. He was a history curator from March 2004 to March 2005 at the Ayala Museum.
He also was spokesman for the committee in charge of the inauguration of Presidant Aquino.
As early as February, reports had surfaced that Carandang was quitting his post, and that President Aquino “appears to have accepted” his resignation.
Carandang has said he never indicated he wanted to resign, and that he will stay at his post at the pleasure of the President.
“And if there is [a plan to resign], it won’t come out as a blind item. That’s not my style,” he added.
Malacanang officials on Wednesday neither confirmed nor 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 will be in a better position to answer the issue.
“I have no idea. Better to ask him,” Lacierda told The Times.
As of press time, Carandang had not responded to questions on whether he was leaving his post.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE