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Marcos taps lawyer-turned-blogger to run PCOO

Screenshot of Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) –Pro-Duterte radio commentator and blogger Trixie Cruz-Angeles has been chosen to head the Presidential Office of Communications Operations (PCOO), the camp of new President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr announced Wednesday.

“Cruz-Angeles’ primary task is to oversee the operations of the PCOO, which includes holding regular press briefings for media professionals covering Malacañang’s activities,” according to a statement released by Marcos’ spokesperson, Vic Rodríguez.

“Marcos had earlier announced that he would not be appointing a spokesperson, which effectively limits the function of the press secretary to speaking with his head at press briefings,” it read.

Cruz-Angeles, who was social media strategist at the PCOO from July 2017 to 2018 during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, accepted the offer to become press secretary, the statement added.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity given to me,” Angeles said.

In the early 2000s, Cruz-Angeles worked with several agencies involved in heritage and culture conservation.

She has also worked as a spokesperson for the Integrated Bar Association of the Philippines (IBP) and legal counsel for people involved in controversial cases.

Among the clients she has represented are the expelled Minister of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), Lowell Menorca II, and former fugitive turned Commissioner of Customs, Nicanor Faeldon.

In 2016, the Supreme Court suspended Cruz-Angeles from practicing law for 3 years. The high court said she and fellow barrister Wylie Paler breached passages in the barrister’s code of conduct against dishonest practice, negligence of legal matters entrusted to them and responsibility for money from a lawyer. customer.

She has since become a prominent radio show host and blogger supporting the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

By law, the PCOO is responsible for developing guidelines for the dissemination of information on government programs and activities.

“Atty Angeles is no stranger to the PCOO having served the office during the early years of the Duterte administration,” acting palace spokesman and communications secretary Martin Andanar said of his successor.

“We wish Atty. Angeles every success in his final mission,” he said in a statement.