PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has designated another spokesperson to help dish out the programs, accomplishments and every matter about the governance of her administration.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita formally presented to the media Wednesday former Quezon City vice mayor Charito Planas as new presidential deputy spokesperson.

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Given her broad experience as lawyer and public servant, Ermita said Planas will be able to help in disseminating information about the President eloquently.

The Palace official said it is a major factor that Planas has been among the supporters of Arroyo since she has started her Presidency in 2001.

“She is among the supporters of the President who understands the program and projects that President Arroyo (has done)…She has known the President since she was a senator…in other words she knows the mind of the president and she will be very helpful in projecting the correct picture about the activities that the president is doing. She is very competent on that for that matter.”

Never in the past surveys have Arroyo received a favorable grade in popularity and approval ratings.

But Ermita was quick to deny that the designation of Planas has to do with the unimpressive ratings of the President’s performance.

He said Planas only replaced the two resigned deputy spokespersons namely Lorelie Fajardo and Anthony Golez.

“She is stepping into the shoes of the two former deputy spokespersons. When the President chooses someone to work for her, you can be sure that she knows that person would further enhance the performance of government,” he said.

He added that the appointment has nothing to do much with improving the ratings Arroyo but to tell the public about the good thing that the government has been doing.

Ermita, meanwhile, said they are expecting Planas to contribute in projecting to the public the government’s future undertakings.

As concurrent executive director of Nayong Pilipino, Planas said she was surprised upon learning the news of holding a seat in the Malacanang.

“I was surprised (when they told me). I did not even think that I would be in Malacanang. I am very happy in Nayong Pilipino. I would like to be called as hardinera rather than a lawyer…But if you are in the government you are a soldier whatever your officer will say you should comply, if you can’t comply, you resign,” Planas related.

But as a new spokesperson she said that she will not be a defendant of the President but rather be a servant who will “feature Mrs. Arroyo as human being.”

“I think it is not to defend but to feature her as a human being, as a person and as a manager of the entire country. It is not to defend but to look at her as a person and what she is doing and what kind of person she is,” she said.

The 79-year-old lawyer said that from the previous presidency that she has witnessed, Arroyo is the President that she would describe as “the most hardworking”.

She also lauded Arroyo’s motivation despite being bombarded with controversial issues. “She is so battered. I feel for her. In spite of that she keeps on that means she is focused.”

Planas said she will be an advocate of positivity as she works alongside three other spokespersons Ermita, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, and deputy spokesperson Gary Olivar. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)