By Genalyn Kabiling
Presidential Communications Undersecretary for new media Lorraine Marie Badoy does not like being in the media spotlight but has accepted the job for the love of country.
Badoy made the candid remarks after clarifying she will serve as only PCOO undersecretary, not concurent spokeswoman of the agency as earlier announced.
“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 assistant secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, said she actually had a policy of no media interviews during her previous government post. But with her new communication post, Badoy said she would be open to possible interviews by the press for certain issues.
“Yes, of course. It’s part of my job. But I really wish, only when it’s really really important,” she said.
Asked if another PCOO spokesman would be designated, Badoy said she was not aware yet since the entire PCOO team will still meet on Thursday.
The President signed the appointment paper of Badoy as PCOO undersecretary on October 19.
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar earlier said Badoy would serve as undersecretary for new media and spokesperson of the department. Andanar said he looks 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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