Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) head Ricky Carandang will join a local mining company after he gives up his job in Malacañang.
The Manila Times has learned that Carandaang is resigning after three years as chief of the Malacañang Communications Center.
A source told The Times that Carandang is not going to transfer to the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), as had been bruited about.
“He will be taking a job with either Galeo Equipment And Mining Company Inc. or SR Metals Inc. as their head of corporate communications, with a salary of P150,000 a month,” the source said.
Galeo Mining and Equipment Corp is a Filipino mining contractor, construction, and heavy equipment supply group, while the SR Metals Inc. is a nickel mining and export company based in northern Mindanao.
The “two companies are part of the same group” headed by Francis Enrico “Eric” Gutierrez, who has been in the contracting and mining business in Mindanao, Luzon, Masbate and other regions for over 30 years,” the source said .
“Gutierrez who is tight with the owners, the Zamora family…who are big Secretary Mar Roxas backers. So Mar asked Gutierrez to hook his boy up with a job, and that’s what happened,” it added.
Carandang will not be the only Palace communications official who is calling it quits.
The Times source said Carandang’s undersecretary, Manuel Quezon 3rd, will be returning to the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).
“He’s got his eye on getting back to ANC as a much bigger personality than his Explainer gig he had before,” the source said.
The Explainer is a show Quezon conceptualized and hosted.
Quezon has denied he is leaving his Malacañang post. There were reports that President Benigno Aquino 3rd was considering Quezon as Carandang’s replacement.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. denied that Carandang has submitted his resignation.
“I have verified that Secretary Carandang has not resigned. He continues to perform his official duties,” Coloma told reporters.
In a text message, Quezon told the Times, “best to ask Secretary Carandang directly.”
The Times tried to contact Carandang, but there was no response.
He had told other Palace reporters he is in Singapore on “official business.”