• Carandang quitting Palace job: Source

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    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

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    1. Corabel Y. Diel on

      I don’t know him personally but watching him on TV when he still worked for ABS-CBN I remember thinking that he was a fine example of one shallow Filipino..When I read that he joined Pres. Noynoy , I was not surprised..Birds of the same feather flock together..! Oh, well…

      • If you don’t know him very well, why will you judge him. I don’t understand how people judge other people. You can rebutt on opinions but to judge him or the President of what they are? You must be better than them.

    2. Sometimes we need to leave our post to give way to other potential person, 3 years is enough if you really done your job well and contributed a lot for the better of our President and our country. Goodluck for a new adventure to your life

    3. Ricky Boy doesn’t cut it as a palace spokesperson. He appears not sure of himself on all of his interviews. Another pretty face who does not know left from right.

    4. At the end of the day, there’s only so much Ricky Carandang can do. There’s only so much positive scripting and sugarcoating can do. Ricky has the unenviable job of defending an inept and incompetent president in the bar of public opinion. Defending Noynoy is simply defending the indefensible. It’s better for Ricky to return to the private sector instead of wasting the prime of his life and his professional career on a hopeless president. Cheers to Ricky for realizing soon enough that his devotion to Noynoy was an exercise in futility.

    5. At the end of the day, there’s only so much Ricky Carandang can do. There’s only so much positive scripting and sugarcoating can do. Ricky has the unenviable job of defending an inept and incompetent president in the bar of public opinion. Defending Noynoy is simply defending the indefensible. It’s better for Ricky to return to the private sector instead of wasting the prime of his life and his professional career on a hopeless president. Cheers to Ricky for realizing soon enough that his devotion to Noynoy was an exercise in futility.

      (Anyway, DZMM’s Tonying Taberna did hint at a new incoming Meralco spokesperson when he interviewed Mr. Joe Zaldarriaga on the air on Dec. 03, 2013. The latter did confirm the matter obliquely).