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Executive Secretary Victor “Vic” Rodriguez is out of the prying eyes of the mainstream media covering the Palace.

The humming sound reverberating around Malacanang Palace grounds is that the Little President, as the executive secretary is so-called, has been temporarily sidelined because of the rumor that floated a little over ten days ago that he was reportedly involved in some allegations about the P100-million issue with a certain religious group.

As reported, Rodriguez quickly denied the allegations. “I don’t know how the rumor started but all of us in the Cabinet, regardless of the portfolio that we are holding or handling, I think it must be clear that the moment he or she accepts the nomination and the request coming from the President, by the president to help him serve and run the country, I think automatic yun.”

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He said a mouthful: “So malinaw dito sa (it is clear) present administration that all those serving under President Marcos that the moment the President asked you to serve under his leadership it goes without saying that there’s no permanence.”

Also out of the nosey-bloodhound news mainstream media is the tittle-tattle that Trixie Angeles-Cruz’s role has widened. Aside from being the Press Secretary cum Spokesperson of Junior, the lawyer of the Magdalo Group led by Antonio Trillanes IV that staged the Oakwood mutiny in the posh Oakwood Premier Ayala Center calling for the resignation of the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, is now the new Bong Go.

Trixie is wearing a new hat that of Special Assistant to the President, believed to be a powerful position. According to a Palace source, Junior “let go” of Anton Lagdameo allegedly due certain issues.

This juicy tittle-tattle going around the expanse of the Palace grounds, if true, is quite an oxymoron, considering that the former social media strategist of the previous administration prior to her engagement as the Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), which has been renamed back to the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS), was a staunch critic of Junior’s family.

Smells like shake up. The question is will there be more?

And by the way, I support this action taken by Junior to revert back PCOO to OPS as well as abolishing the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson because as they say too many cooks spoil the broth.

One spin doctor with her battery of deputies is more than enough. This plus the reported SAP makes Trixie may be one of the most powerful members of the Junior Cabinet.

As spelled out in the executive order, OPS “gains the mandate to pronounce the President’s actions, policies and official activities; and maintain rapport with the private media and similar entities, among others.”

From my point of view, the fissures are sprouting left and right in the uniteam.

For comments and feedbacks, email me at fillmein330@gmail.com


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