PGMA names Saludo Deputy Spokesperson

January 25, 2010 10:55 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 25 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has named National Reconstruction Commission Chairman Ricardo Saludo deputy spokesperson.

In a media briefing Monday, Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Gary Olivar said Saludo will join him and Charito Planas in hosting the regular briefings with the Malacanang Press Corps on such issues as governance and economy.

Olivar said Saludo’s experience will be a welcome addition to the team that was tasked to explain the President’s programs and achievements to the people.

“Our team will be strengthened with the addition of an old hand and of someone the President trusts,” Olivar said.

Olivar also said there is a need for more spokespersons in the Palace considering the concerted campaign being mounted against the government.

“The President has to put up a strong organization to speak for her especially at this time when she is explaining her legacy programs,” he said.

Olivar noted the President is looking for somebody to fill “a big pair of shoes” left behind by the late Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, and Saludo will help with the work load.

He said explaining the President’s programs and their impact on the people is a job not of one man but of an entire team.

“I’m happy to welcome Secretary Saludo on board,” he said. (PNA)

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