Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella is gaining extra powers in Malacañang.

Abella is anticipated to be promoted to Secretary as soon as the Office of the Presidential Spokesman has been formally revived by the President. A proper order organising Abella’s workplace is reportedly being drafted.

Despite being the President’s spokesman, the former pastor serves as undersecretary, a rank that restricted his entry to high-level conferences in Malacañang.

Abella has been beforehand criticized for being sluggish and incompetent in addressing national points.