Who will be Marcos's next press secretary?

President Ferdinand Marcos could appoint either Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Cesar Chavez, PAGCOR Director Gilbert Remulla, or Metro Pacific Investment Corp Government Relations and Public Affairs Head Atty. Mike Toledo as his next press secretary.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. could appoint either (from left to right) Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Cesar Chavez, PAGCOR Director Gilbert Remulla, or Metro Pacific Investment Corp Government Relations and Public Affairs Head Atty. Mike Toledo to the vacant Office of the Press Secretary. (Photos: Chavez - Cesar Chavez/Facebook; Remulla – Gilbert Remulla/Twitter; Toledo – Atty. Mike Toledo/Facebook)

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is eyeing five people for the press secretary post which Trixie Cruz-Angeles has recently let go of for "health reasons."

The first one is Cesar Chavez, undersecretary of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), who asked for time to process the president’s offer.

“I mentioned that my concentration is the rail sector. I said that I am not interested in the press office of Malacañang,” Chavez said. “I asked for an opportunity to process this offer and at the same time, if there’s a chance, discuss what could be done.”

The second is Mike Toledo, former press secretary of ousted president Joseph Estrada. Toledo also happens to be the government relations and public affairs head of the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC).

“I’m not in a position to dwell on it. But let me just say, given the opportunity to serve, why will I say no? Who am I to say no? I will be humbled and it will be an honor and privilege to serve under the Marcos administration,” he said.

Another choice is Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Director and former Cavite representative Gilbert Remulla, who said that he was “in a process of deep discernment.” Remulla mentioned that he was “enjoying and concentrating” on his director stint.

“I’m flattered I’m being considered and I serve at the pleasure of the President,” he said.

According to a report by Politiko, other potential contenders for the position are Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Cheloy Garafil and Manila Times chairman and CEO Dante “Klink” Ang II.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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