By Genalyn D. Kabiling
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary for New Media Lorraine Marie Badoy maintained that she disdained media attention, and that she did not accept her job to become the spokesperson of the agency.
“I’m just the undersecretary of PCOO for new media, hindi [not] spokesperson,” she told Palace reporters in a chance interview.
“Kasi ayaw ko ng spotlight. Ayaw ko talaga. Gusto ko ninja lang (I don’t like the spotlight. I really don’t like it. I’d rather be a ninja). This is painful honestly… para sa bayan (This is for the country),” she added.
Badoy, former undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, said she had maintained a policy of no media interviews in her previous government post.
But with her new assignment, Badoy said she will have to be open for possible interviews on certain issues.
“Yes, of course. It’s part of my job. But I really wish, only when it’s really, really important,” she said.
Badoy also said she was not aware if another PCOO spokesperson will be designated, as the entire PCOO team has yet to meet Thursday.
The President signed the appointment paper of Badoy as PCOO undersecretary last October 19.
But her boss, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, had earlier said Badoy will serve as PCOO spokesperson and Undersecretary for New Media.
Andanar had said he was looking forward to working with Badoy in bringing the government closer to the people and keeping them informed of the progress of the administration.
“We are confident that the same zeal and enthusiasm that animated her in caring for the less privileged will enable us to more effectively reach out to more people through new media,” he said.
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