Duterte's next political adviser? Andanar says no offer yet

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 24 2019 05:11 PM

MANILA - Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Friday he was open to serving as President Rodrigo Duterte's next political adviser if asked to do so.

This amid rumors that he would replace Senator-elect Francis Tolentino as the next Presidential adviser for political affairs, while broadcast journalist Erwin Tulfo was set to take his place as head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

"The President has not talked to me about moving to a new department or agency. We all work at the pleasure of the President," he told reporters during the launch of Radio Television Malacañang’s newly renovated building.

"It's difficult to consider something that has not been offered to you. I work at the pleasure of the President and you know, I'm a good soldier so if the President assigns me to a specific agency or a department then maybe the President sees a little bit of capability or capacity on my part to serve in a particular agency outside of the PCOO," he said.

While Andanar maintained that it is "work as usual" for him, he noted that Tulfo can be the next communications chief. The two were former colleagues at TV5.

"We've been good friends and I see the capacity of Erwin to run an office like the PCOO. I think he's qualified to be the next press secretary if you ask me," Andanar said.

Asked why he finds Tulfo qualified to replace him, Andanar said: "He has the trust of millions of Filipinos and basically he has a huge following and by that alone, talagang mabigat na ang kaniyang credibility."