Coloma volunteered to join Palace presscons
MANILA - Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma confirmed Friday that it was on his own initiative that he decided to join press briefings in Malacañang.
"I confirm that I initiated discussions with [Presidential Spokesman Edwin] Lacierda and [Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail] Valte regarding the schedule of press briefings and my participation in such briefings," he said in a statement.
"All of our actions are in accordance with the President's guidance and direction . We work together in endeavoring to communicate to our people the President's key programs and messages in the most effective manner."
Valte said she appreciates “the initiative” of Coloma to share responsibilities with the Palace spokespersons in briefing the press.
She said this allows them to devote more time to other responsibilities such as attending the President’s meetings and helping the communications arm of other agencies.
She said that it was an in initiative of Coloma and not a decision made by the President.
“When Secretary Sonny texted us and volunteered to go on rotation, we told the President. Sabi namin, ‘Sir nag-volunteer si Secretary Sonny. And he said, ‘Okay. At least, you know, you have time off.’ ‘Yun ang sinabi niya. 'Magkakaroon kayo ng time to breathe.'"
Coloma earlier 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.