FAST FACTS: What's in the PCOO budget?

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:53 PM

PCOO's funds in the national budget include those for attached agencies such as the Philippine Information Agency, RTVM, and the National Printing Office

Roque says he'll resign if Poe's 'fake news' bill becomes law

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says he himself would question the constitutionality of Senator Grace Poe's bill in the Supreme Court if it becomes law

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque, during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 22, 2018 is happy to announce that around 175,000 farmers have benefited from the free crop insurance from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation in 2017. The insurance claims, which amounted to P1.7-billion, is 24 percent higher than the P1.5-billion worth of claims paid in 2016. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, January 29-February 3, 2018

Feb 04, 2018 - 9:50 AM

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Test for Andanar: Can he stop fake news, hate speech from pro-Duterte accounts?

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar has promised to talk to the 'communications core group' of President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign in order to reach rabid pro-Duterte bloggers

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Senate hearing on fake news, De Castro on Sereno, CIA on Russian meddling | Evening wRap

Jan 30, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Rambo Talabong

Grace Poe: Should Mocha Uson stay in government?

Jan 30, 2018 - 3:34 PM

The senator also asks PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar if he ever considered 'shutting down' Uson's blog over conflict of interest issues

SENATE HEARING ON FAKES NEWS. Senator Grace Poe leads the second Senate hearing on the proliferation of fake news on January 30, 2018. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Pacquiao confronts Lorraine Badoy for spreading fake news vs him

Jan 30, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy apologizes to Senator Manny Pacquiao for her malicious post against him during the 2016 polls, and tells him that she too has been on the 'receiving end of lies and inaccuracies'

PCOO warned vs getting info dissemination training from China, Russia

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'I think falling into this kind of pattern using different disinformation tactics could work against us as a nation,' Rappler CEO Maria Ressa says during a Senate hearing

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Excessive or not? Martin Andanar's 10 trips abroad

Jan 13, 2018 - 3:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has fired another official for making fewer foreign trips than Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. Does Duterte's rule on limiting travels abroad apply to him?

Roque says reduction in PCOO personnel, not tiff with Andanar, caused transcript delay

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The contracts of some PCOO personnel, including those belonging to a transcribing division, are not renewed this year because the country is no longer the host of ASEAN

2017: A year's worth of the administration's online faux pas

Dec 21, 2017 - 4:17 PM

This year has been filled with cringe-worthy moments online for government agencies and officials

Andanar slams MMDA's Garcia for 'Tokhang' joke vs journalists

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:30 AM

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar says government officials should know about the Duterte administration's commitment to protect media workers

What is Mocha Uson's top source of news?

Dec 08, 2017 - 8:37 PM

What is Trending News Portal (TNP) and what kind of content does it produce? Here's a closer look at the data.

Duterte green-lights gov't satellite network

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:48 AM

The network is expected to enable the transmission of government videos, photos, and data to even remote parts of the country, says Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the cabinet cluster meeting in Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PCOO to review FOI exception list for 2018

Dec 06, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Presidential Communications Operations Office celebrates the first year of implementation of the Freedom of Executive Order and looks into reviewing the list of exceptions to data that can be requested come 2018

FOI SUMMIT. The Presidential Communications Operations Office held the first Freedom of Information Summit on December 5, 2017. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

On FOI EO anniv, Duterte calls on Congress, courts to be more transparent

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The PCOO says it's still pushing for the passage of the FOI law, though the law is not among the priority measures identified by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: 'Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017' at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017, cites how the Constitution has allowed corrupt individuals to escape accountability. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PCOO does not hire 'keyboard army' – Andanar

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar attributes online support for Duterte to his 'millions of supporters'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the New Executive Building for the relaunching of the Malacañang Press Briefing Room (MPBR) on October 12, 2017. Accompanying the President is Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang mum on Uson posting misquote of Trudeau

Nov 16, 2017 - 3:25 PM

'I think it is better left to the PCOO to address,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux 'Mocha' Uson and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque while on board the Philippine Airlines chartered flight prior to their departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque threatens to throw 'hollow blocks' at Duterte critics

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also tells those criticizing him: 'Mamatay kayo sa inggit'

Lorraine Badoy declines PCOO spokesperson job, but still usec

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The incoming undersecretary says her office is open to 'building alliances' with mainstream media

Walden Bello loses respect for ‘drunk with power’ Andanar

Oct 27, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Laban ng Masa chair Walden Bello says PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar's ethical base as a journalist was 'not firm'

RESPECT NO MORE. Laban ng Masa chair Walden Bello is no longer impressed by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar. Photo of Bello by Rappler, photo of Andanar by Malacañang

Andanar says EU officials critical of Duterte need more sex

Oct 24, 2017 - 10:50 PM

The President’s communication chief calls the EU officials ‘palaiyot,’ a Bisaya term used to describe people who frequently have sex. He advises them to just have more sex rather than criticize Duterte.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar discusses about the country’s chairmanship of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Freedom of Information (FOI) and Media Security during the FOI Roadshow at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/Presdiential Photo

Mocha Uson on defensive over misleading Marawi photo from PCOO-managed page

Oct 23, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Called out for sharing a misleading photo of Marawi City, Presidential Communications Undersecretary Mocha Uson says she only shared what a PCOO-run Facebook page posted

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Mocha Uson: Fake news victim or fake news peddler?

Oct 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM

These are the types of news that PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson likes to share

Marawi homecoming, Lorraine Badoy, Facebook cybersex | Midday wRap

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Lorraine Badoy appointed PCOO usec, spokesperson

Oct 18, 2017 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Badoy as PCOO undersecretary for new media and spokesperson

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 2-8, 2017

Oct 08, 2017 - 10:37 AM

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FAKE NEWS HEARING AT SENATE. Seantor Grace Poe leads the first Senate hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017.  Photo by Alex Nuevaespnaa/Senate PRIB

'Guwapo pala kayo sa personal,' Mocha Uson tells Trillanes in Senate probe

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:05 PM

'Baka i-atras ko na kaso ko. Konti na lang bola,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in response to Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

FACE OFF. Senator Antonio Trillanes and blogger turned Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson face each other during the Senate hearing on fake news.

Anti-Duterte blog 'webmaster' to be summoned to next fake news hearing

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Former communications secretary Herminio Coloma Jr denies that Cocoy Dayao, allegedly behind the #SilentNoMorePH blog, was a PCOO consultant during the Aquino administration

FAKE NEWS HEARING AT SENATE. Seantor Grace Poe leads the first Senate hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017.  Photo by Alex Nuevaespnaa/Senate PRIB

'Fake news queen': Netizens slam Mocha Uson for playing victim

Oct 04, 2017 - 4:22 PM

'Andito ako para suportahan ang hearing na ito dahil ako po ay biktima ng fake news', Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson says at the Senate hearing on fake news

Wealth details won't be hidden in future SALN releases – Malacañang

Sep 26, 2017 - 3:40 PM

A public official's home address and details about his or her children who are minors will remain blacked out, says PCOO Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan

'Oust Mocha' Uson petition circulates online again

Sep 25, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The petition, started by Kremlin Pandaan, now has over 36,000 signatures as of Monday, September 25

What's Mocha Uson doing at UN General Assembly in New York?

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is included in the Philippine delegation to the UN event which is not attended by President Rodrigo Duterte nor PCOO chief Martin Andanar

Asec Mocha Uson herself spreads fake news, says Nancy Binay

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:29 PM

'How can you fight fake news kung may instances na nanggagaling mismo sa isang Asec yung fake news?' Senator Nancy Binay asks Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

RADIO SHOW. Malacañang launches its 'flagship tele-radio program' entitled DDS Podcast, with Secretary Martin Andanar and Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson as hosts.

PCOO to hold 'media literacy program' against fake news

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar tells senators that his office will bring the program to the entire country

DUTERTE COMMS. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the Presidential Communications Office has streamlined its strategy. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Mocha's post on Marawi mosque stirs controversy

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:46 AM

A social media post by the controversial government official during a visit to a mosque inside the battle area in Marawi raises accusations of religious insensitivity

NO HIJAB. Mocha Uson's visit to a Marawi mosque stirs controversy. Screenshot of Uson's video post

Mocha Uson to resign if Trillanes wins libel case

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The PCOO assistant secretary dares the opposition senator to pursue the case to prove he has balls

PNA hit by cyber attack on day of viral blunders – Andanar

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:46 AM

The PCOO Secretary says an IP address was supposedly trying to access the PNA s old server and dashboard

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar discusses about the country’s chairmanship of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Freedom of Information (FOI) and Media Security during the FOI Roadshow at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo

PCOO on PNA blunders: 'Bear with us'

Sep 08, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar assigns an undersecretary to supervise the state news agency on the same day its newly spotted blunders go viral

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar delivers a message at the opening of ASEAN-JAPAN Television Festival in Seda Hotel, Quezon City on September 7, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Gov't agencies told: Upload FOI manuals by October 1

Aug 31, 2017 - 12:37 PM

The PCOO says agencies should comply before the start of the validation process on their eligibility to the performance based bonus

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Aug 21, 2017 - 11:14 AM

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Blogger-propagandists, the new crisis managers

Aug 20, 2017 - 5:15 PM

In many ways, pro-Duterte bloggers do the job of the PCOO especially when it comes to managing backlash against the administration and promoting government programs

‘Fafda’ is the new ‘covfefe’

Aug 18, 2017 - 3:10 PM

UPDATED Move aside Trump the Philippines has its own strange word

State-sponsored hate: The rise of the pro-Duterte bloggers

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Pro-Duterte bloggers receive unusual privileges from the Presidential Communications Operations Office to consolidate support for the popular president and silence critics

Andanar: PH News Agency 'did not lack' training for editors

Aug 15, 2017 - 9:24 PM

The House appropriations committee approved the PCOO s proposed 2018 budget

COMMS CHIEF. Secretary Martin Andanar says the PNA and other agencies attached to his department are in much better shape now. Photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Andanar on DOLE booboo: Uploader googled wrong logo

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:38 PM

The Philippine News Agency s recent mistake takes the spotlight as the Presidential Communications Office defends its proposed 2018 budget

'EMBARASSING.' PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar has had to deal with successive booboos by the PNA. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo   'EMBARASSING.' PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar has had to deal with successive booboos by the PNA. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Andanar creates Philippine News Agency editorial board after blunders

Aug 14, 2017 - 6:05 PM

The new editorial board will serve as the last gatekeeper to avoid mistakes says embattled PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar delivers a keynote message during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Presidential Communications Operations Office (ASEAN-PCOO ) Roadshow for the Cordillera region at Beneco Electric Cooperation Conference Hall in Baguio City on February 4, 2017. ALFRED FRIAS/Presidential Photo

Accredited bloggers 'encouraged' to follow journalism ethics – Malacañang

Aug 12, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Malacañang will check the veracity of the reports of bloggers who are allowed to cover presidential events says Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

Andanar warns erring Philippine News Agency editors: I'll send you to Basilan, Jolo

Aug 12, 2017 - 4:33 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says he has strived hard to make the state news agency popular and audience friendly

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Questions PCOO has to answer about its bloggers accreditation policy

Aug 12, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Vague wording and lack of appreciation for realities of presidential coverage plague PCOO s interim social media policy

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin listens to a resource speaker during the PCOO’s First Social Media Policy Town Hall at the Bahay ng Alumni in University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City on February 23, 2017.