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PCOO sets up Global Media Affairs Office to respond to foreign media

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Former TV5 reporter JV Arcena is picked to head the new office, envisioned to become a 'press attaché division' once an executive order reverting the PCOO to the Office of the Press Secretary is signed

Mocha Uson's blogger accreditation policy? 'Wala na 'yun,' says Andanar

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:35 PM

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar says the policy was never implemented to begin with

Mocha Uson’s resignation long overdue 'but whiff of fresh air' – lawmakers

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) 'Government service, while it is about trust, it is also about accountability. And that is what is sorely lacking from her,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

RESIGNATION. Outgoing PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is interviewed by reporters after her resignation on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto seeks revival of Office of Press Secretary to replace PCOO

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he and other senators have questioned the effectiveness of the PCOO, amid the many controversies it has had to face under the Duterte administration

SENATE HEARING. Senate President Vicente Sotto III asks questions to Secretary Martin Andanar during the deliberations on the PCOO budget on October 3, 2018. Photo from Senate PRIB

PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson resigns

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:34 AM

(4th UPDATE) Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson announces her resignation during the Presidential Communications Operations Office budget hearing at the Senate

CONTROVERSIAL PCOO OFFICIAL. PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has resigned

Mocha Uson’s absence defers House debates on PCOO’s 2019 budget

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

A peeved Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr confronts presidential communications officials about the controversial assistant secretary's absence

ABSENT. PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson fails to attend the House's plenary debates on the proposed 2019 budget on October 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nene Pimentel says Mocha Uson should stick to entertainment

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:34 PM

The longtime federalism advocate says Uson's video of a lewd federalism jingle was a waste of time for an official being paid taxpayers' money

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang won't object if Ombudsman dismisses Mocha Uson

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:46 PM

But asked if President Rodrigo Duterte himself will fire the communications assistant secretary even before the Ombudsman's decision, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says, 'As of now, no'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th anniversary of the public service show, 'Buhay OFW', at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City on October 18, 2017, recognizes the role of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in helping the OFWs. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

De La Salle-CSB urges gov't: Remove Mocha Uson for mocking deaf community

Sep 19, 2018 - 2:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'We call on the government to take action against Mr Olivar and Asec Uson, and impose appropriate penalties as provided by law,' says De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde president Brother Dennis Magbanua

Bro Dennis Magbanua FSC, president of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Photo from the Facebook page of the Center for Campus Art, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

Zarate reminds Andanar: Mocha Uson paid with public funds

Sep 06, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate finds it strange that Uson is not held accountable for her actions, yet other government officials get fired or are forced to resign for alleged offenses

Duterte says 'overboard' Mocha Uson still has right to free speech

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

'There are things na tingin ko na medyo nasobrahan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about controversial assistant secretary Mocha Uson

PCOO tells officials, employees: 'Be mindful' of social media posts

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy issues the memo to all Presidential Communications Operations Office personnel over a week after the controversial federalism video of fellow official Mocha Uson

PCOO REMINDER. PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy reminds fellow officials to be more mindful of their social media posts and official releases. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Andanar silent on call for Mocha Uson to go on leave

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is still 'welcome' to help promote federalism, says Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Is Mocha Uson above reprimand?

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Unable or unwilling to respond directly to calls from the public to hold Uson accountable for her 'vulgar' video about federalism, Malacañang instead challenges critics to file a complaint against the official

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Zero budget for PCOO? 'Huwag naman po,' says Roque

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:19 PM

'PCOO...is providing an indispensable role,' Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says in defense of the government agency

Photo by Angie de Silva

'Remove PCOO budget, use it for what Filipinos need'

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson's federalism video is 'not the first time that the PCOO made a fool of itself'

PCOO expenses up by 700%: Spending increased in travels, rentals, internet

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The PCOO spends P1.3 billion in operating expenses in 2017, compared to P157 million the year before. The increases are mainly in rental and leasing, and travels of PCOO officials for ASEAN events and presidential activities.

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

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COA flags anomalies in PCOO procurement for ASEAN events

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:15 AM

The PCOO awards ASEAN contracts to suppliers that went beyond the allocated budget and wastes P2.5 million by not awarding contracts to the lowest bidders, says the COA in its audit report

The Int’l Media Center for the ASEAN 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Deleted articles? Official Gazette says entire website down

Jul 13, 2018 - 6:46 PM

The Official Gazette denies it ever deleted content posted by previous administrations, saying articles are not accessible because the entire website remains down

COA questions DILG's last-minute P99-million fund transfer

Jul 08, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The Commission on Audit expresses concern that the Department of the Interior and Local Government may have intended to avoid returning unspent funds to the national treasury

[OPINION] Duterte Year 2 and blunders galore on social media

Jun 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The administration's social media blunders are worth calling out because they are symptoms of a much bigger problem that's persistent in the other aspects of Duterte's presidency

Who's 'Winston' Gatchalian? PCOO makes another online blunder

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian points out the mistake himself

'WINSTON' GATCHALIAN? Senator Sherwin Gatchalian hits the PCOO for another online gaffe, this time getting his name wrong in a news release of the agency. Screenshot of Gatchalian's tweet

After 'Norwegia' gaffe, Roque hopes PCOO can boost spell-checking

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque assures the public that the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) will 'again' learn from its mistakes

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on April 5, 2018 that the Department of Agrarian Reform has awarded a total of 1,823 hectares of land to 1,940 Agrarian Reform beneficiaries in Negro Occidental last month. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Netizens ask PCOO: Who is 'Rogelio' Golez? Is he from 'Norwegia'?

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:35 PM

The Presidential Communications Operations Office draws flak yet again for using the wrong name for the late National Security Adviser Jose Roilo Golez in its media releases

Genovia and Wakanda, meet Norwegia: Netizens react to latest PCOO flub

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:41 AM

PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy dismisses the gaffe as a typo

Trillanes seeks probe into PCOO's 'anomalous' P647-M ASEAN info caravan

May 16, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV says there is an 'immediate need to look into the alleged irregularities' in the Presidential Communication Operations Office's disbursement of funds

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gov't building P700-M state media hub in Davao City

May 04, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The Mindanao Media Hub – aimed for operation by January 2019 – is envisioned to boost the government’s broadcast signal in Mindanao 'while tailoring content specific to the people in the region'

MINDANAO MEDIA HUB. The 4-story facility will be operational by January 2019. Screengrab from PTV4

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PCOO protests Facebook partnership with Rappler, Vera Files

Apr 16, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Malacañang, meanwhile, 'commiserates' with Duterte supporters who have slammed the social media platform's tie-up with the news organizations

It wasn't me: Andanar blames staff for wrong grammar in Malacañang media ID

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says he has ordered a probe into the supposed breach of protocol

Senate Fake News Hearing on March 15,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

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

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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

Is it official gov't line to say VP Robredo is purveyor of fake news?

Jan 30, 2018 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy tells senators it's just her opinion, but she is told public officials like her are expected to be more responsible with their speech

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

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

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

Pimentel: No party decision yet on Uson, Roque as PDP-Laban bets

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, president of the ruling party, says Mocha Uson and Harry Roque for now are just nominees of PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez

NO DECISION YET. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III clarifies that PDP-Laban has no decision yet on whether Malacañang officials Mocha Uson and Harry Roque will be part of the party's 2019 senatorial slate. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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

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

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