Coloma: No takeover of Palace Comgroup
MANILA - Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma is joining the team of presidential spokespersons that regularly briefs reporters covering Malacañang.
Coloma immediately downplayed the move and brushed aside insinuations that he may have decided to speak to reporters more often to rescue the performance of his colleagues in the presidential communications group especially in the wake of controversies hounding the pork barrel and the president’s Disbursement’s Acceleration Program.
“Wala naman pong sigurong kailangang i-rescue dahil wala namang kalamidad na na naganap,” Coloma said in jest.
Incidentally, Coloma is said to belong to the “Samar” faction of the Palace, believed to have supported the candidacy of Vice President Jejomar Binay or the so-called “Noy-Bi” combination.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte and Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ricky Carandang are believed to be members of the “Balay” faction said to be supportive of Mar Roxas.
The move also came after the President’s public satisfaction rating suffered a dip in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
Coloma denied he is taking over the duties of the President’s spokespersons, saying that he only wants to help in delivering information and explaining issues to the public.
“Wala pong takeover na naganap sapagkat iisang pangkat po kami at lahat po kami ay ginagawa ang aming maaaring iambag doon sa overall communication effort,” he told reporters.
“’Yan po ang nais natin, ‘yung ganap na pag-unawa sa lahat ng mahahalagang programa ng ating Pangulo at pamahalaan.
In a text message, Lacierda said that Coloma asked him and Valte Monday if he could alternate with them in doing the daily press briefings.
Lacierda said he is “more than happy” to allow Coloma share the duties with them and decided to let Coloma face the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) every Tuesday, Thursday and be the regular guest in the Sunday radio briefing.
“Since we’ve been doing this for three years, we were more than happy to accommodate him as this frees our schedule to do our other work like our daily meetings with the president and other meetings with other government officials and stakeholders,” Lacierda said.
Coloma said he wants to help improve the administration’s communications work in decided to join the regular press briefings.
“Sa lahat naman ng ginagawa ng ating pamahalaan ay naroroon ‘yung pagnanasa na patuloy na pahusayin. Continuous improvement is part of the work ethic of this administration. Lahat naman po ng aspeto ng governance ay pinapahusay at hindi naman po exempted ang area of communications,” he said.
He said that he has been answering reporters’ queries anyway and has previously joined live press briefings.
“Iisang pangkat lang po ang communications team ng ating Pangulo at bahagi ako doon sa pangkat na ‘yun,” he said.
“Siguro naman po nagkakaisa tayo sa pagnanasa na ang communication ng inyong presidential communications group ay nakapaglalahad po kami sa isang malinaw, maliwanag at ganap at napapanahon ang aming ibinibigay na impormasyon. Kaya po kung makakatulong ‘yung mga hakbang na tinatahak natin ngayon, at wala po kayong violent objection doon, ipagpapatuloy po natin ‘yun para po mapahusay ang komunikasyon natin.”