Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) director Gilbert Remulla’s name is one of the few being floated as top picks to become the next press secretary of the Marcos administration.
Sought for comment, Remulla said he is currently in the process of “deep discernment” after being shortlisted for the sai Palace position.
“However, I am at PAGCOR, enjoying and concentrating on my role here as [a] director. I’m flattered I’m being considered and I serve at the pleasure of the President,” Remulla told reporters in a message.
Remulla is a former broadcast journalist and was a congressman who represented Cavite’s second district. He is the youngest brother of Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla and Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla.
The Remullas had endorsed the candidacy of President Bongbong Marcos in the recent elections. Gilbert, in particular, headed the parallel organization of the Marcos campaign.
The Remulla patriarch, the late longtime governor Juanito Remulla Sr., was a staunch ally of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
Who are other reported contenders for the post?
Other personalities reportedly being eyed for the position are film director Paul Soriano, Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Cesar Chavez, and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) executive Mike Toledo.
Soriano is a nephew of First Lady Lisa Araneta Marcos who actively supported President Marcos’ campaign last May and directed the latter’s first State of the Nation Adress (SONA).
On the other hand, Chavez is a veteran media practitioner and former chief of staff of ex-Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.
Meanwhile, Toledo is a former press secretary of the Estrada administration and is now MPIC Government Relations and Public Affairs head.
These came after the resignation of lawyer-vlogger Trixie Cruz Angeles last Tuesday, October 4 citing health reasons. Angeles was among the Cabinet officials who were bypassed by the Commission on Appointments and were not reappointed by President Marcos.
Thumbnail photo courtesy of Gilbert Remulla’s Twitter