The #MarcosCabinet: Trixie Cruz-Angeles, PCOO secretary

Published May 25, 2022, 12:07 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

The social media-savvy Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles will be the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) chief of the incoming administration of presumptive president Bongbong Marcos.

Lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles (Facebook)

This was bared in a statement Wednesday morning, May 25 by incoming executive secretary, lawyer Vic Rodriguez.

According to Rodriguez, Cruz-Angeles has accepted her nomination as press secretary, which makes her head of the PCOO.

The primary task of Cruz-Angeles is to oversee the operations of the PCOO, which includes the conduct of regular press briefings to media practitioners covering Malacañang activities.

Marcos had earlier announced that he will not appoint a spokesperson, which in effect limits the function of the press secretary to talkng head during press briefings.

“I am grateful for the opportunity I am given to take part in the administration of President Bongbong Marcos as his press secretary. It is with humility that I accept the nomination and assume the responsibility of running the affairs of the PCOO,” Cruz-Angeles stated.

Rodriguez’s statement described Angeles as a “lady lawyer, radio commentator and famous online vlogger”. The latter was a social media strategist at the PCOO from July 2017 to 2018 under the current Duterte administration.

Noted for representing military officers charged with rebellion and mutiny, Cruz-Angeles was also a former commissioner for cultural heritage of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and former spokesperson of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

She finished her law degree at the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1997 and is taking an International Relations degree at the University of Minnesota in the United States (US) as well as a Master of Arts (MA) in Archaeology, also in UP. Her undergraduate degree is in Linguistics.

She also contributed countless materials to several magazines in the country, including Philippines Graphic, the lifestyle section of Manila Bulletin, and Cosmo Magazine Philippines.

Cruz-Angeles was, at one time, a lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University teaching Fine Arts 104 Arts and the Professional. The incoming press secretary is also a former lecturer at the Institute for Cultural and Arts Management.

The veteran lawyer also wrote the draft of what later became Republic Act (RA) 10066 or the Heritage Act of 2009.