PCOO partners with Russian media to promote Duterte legacy

Published October 13, 2019, 5:03 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Some Russian media outfits expressed willingness to collaborate with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to promote the policy messages of the Duterte administration, Communications Assistant Secretary JV Arcena reported.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar

In his radio program over Radyo Pilipinas, Arcena, who also heads the PCOO’s Global Media Affairs, said they organized engagements with some members of the Russian media before President Duterte ended his state visit to Moscow last week.

“Tayo po ay nag-organize ng mga media engagements para po kay (We organized media engagements for) Secretary Martin Andanar to promote and communicate the policy messages of the Duterte administration,” he said.

“Nagpapasalamat kami ni Secretary Andanar sa mga kaibigan – bago nating kaibigan sa (We are thankful to our new friends) Russian Today o RT International, sa Tass News Agency, sa RAA Novosty, sa Sputnik at sa (and) All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company),” he added.

According to Arcena, the said media companies expressed openness to work with the PCOO and offer training programs to reporters of the Philippine government’s media arm.

“They’re very open and welcome sa kanila na magkaroon tayo ng mga collaboration sa future at lalung-lalo na sa RT kasi sila ay nag-offer ng training programs para sa atin pong mga mamamahayag lalo na sa state media para sila rin ay makapaghasa o makapag-share ng kanilang mga best practices na iba naman kumpara sa mga western media (and they welcome the idea of a collaboration in the future, especially RT since they offered traiing programs for our state media reports so they can train and share media practices different compared to western media),” he said.

“Ibang klase o ibang uri ng pamamahayag ang kanilang ituturo sa susunod na mga pagkakataon sa atin pong mga kababayan o sa ating mga Filipino journalists (They will teach our reporters a different kind of reporting),” he added.

The former journo also said that the media engagements were successful because RT even gave Andanar the opportunity to air the Duterte administrations’ police message via an interview.

The PCOO earlier said that it will start its communications campaign that will “protect and promote” the legacy of President Duterte for the next three years.

“Ito po ay napaka-exciting na (This is a very exciting) communications campaign, because this will protect and promote the legacy of the President for the next three years, hanggang (until) 2022,” Andanar said.

“‘Pag-step down po ng Presidente June 30, 2022 kaya dito natin maipapako ‘yung tinatawag natin na barometro ng accomplishment, kung ano dapat ang i-accomplish ng isang presidente, kung ano dapat ang asahan nating mga Pilipino sa susunod na presidente (This will serve as the barometer when the President steps down in June 30, 2022. What a president needs to accomplish and what the people should expect from the next president),” he added.

“This is about the Duterte Legacy – it’s about setting the standard of public service,” he continued.

According to Andanar, Duterte’s legacy include, among others, the Universal Health Care law, the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, and the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program.