The Office of the Press Secretary and its subsequent reincarnation, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) was once the media’s main source of knowledge in earlier administrations except enterprising reporters poke their noses and nudge different officers for scoops.

Now, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar are crushed to the attract asserting vital appointments to the Cabinet by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

On Monday (May eight), Piñol outscooped the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) by asserting on Facebook the appointments of former army chief Roy Cimatu and Nestor Espenilla as performing Environment Secretary and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor, respectively.

Piñol, a former journalist, was in a position to break the news on Cimatu and Espenilla’s appointments as a result of he was within the Cabinet assembly the place President Rodrigo Duterte named the 2 new additions to his official household.

It took some time earlier than Abella caught up with Piñol and issued Malacañang’s official statements on the 2 officers’ appointment.

Abella has grow to be the Palace’s official mouthpiece since Andanar selected to work behind the scenes managing the companies connected to the PCO earlier this yr.

But even through the time Andanar hogged the highlight, it was Piñol who first introduced the appointment of Peter Laviña as administrator of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in November final yr.

Piñol has grow to be such an vital source of knowledge that journalists monitor his web page for recent news.

Aside from asserting new Cabinet appointments, Piñol additionally shares vital selections made by Duterte throughout Cabinet conferences, resembling his approval of a national broadband program.