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Awkward Andanar: The Communications Secretary's Greatest Hits

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| Jan 13, 2017
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If you ask Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar, inviting Vice President Leni Robredo to the Vin d’honneur event would have definitely been “awkward.”

Robredo, who had a recent falling out with the administration, was disinvited to the event on Thursday where every important dignitary and Palace official, save for her, were present.

“It's his [Duterte’s] house, and just like any homeowner kung hindi mo naman kasundo ang iyong i-invite, why would you invite? Sabi ko nga kanina sa interview, awkward ‘di ba?,” Andanar told Philstar.

Well that is one awkward statement indeed. Now he might have a point, but some netizens also felt the retracted invitation simply reeked of politics.

This isn’t the first time that Andanar was faced with an awkward situation. The Communications Secretary has experienced some cringeworthy moments in the past.


Last July, Andanar made a statement saying that he was moved to tears upon reading the draft of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address.

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“When I read the speech, ayaw ko pong mag-exaggerate pero the first time I read the speech, it made me cry. Ganoon po kaganda, ganoon po ka makabagbag-damdamin iyong speech ng Pangulo natin,” Andanar told the Inquirer.

There’s also that time when he compared Duterte to Jesus while thinking of himself as his apostle when he first met the then future president of the Republic.

“I was awed by that investment of faith in my abilities. This must have been how those fishermen at Galilee felt when Jesus walked over and told them to follow him, to be fishers of men. Like the apostles, I obeyed,” he said in his column with the Inquirer.

More recently, Andanar faced public backlash after referring to those who opposed the Marcos burial as “temperamental brats” in his November column titled “An appropriate burial.”

“They are temperamental brats refusing to concede to the outcome of regular processes,” he said.

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Unfortunately for him, his statement didn’t sit well for the “brats” he was referring to, including administration ally and Senate President Koko Pimentel who told him to “review his history.”

Andanar apologized for this and clarified that he didn’t mean to hurt the feelings of those who, or had, relatives who suffered under martial rule.

Well, that is awkward indeed.


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