Media-shy Ochoa steps out of Palace shadows


Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. FILE PHOTO

Media-shy Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa Jr. promised members of the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) he would make himself more accessible to them next year, at the Christmas party he threw for the MPC Wednesday night.

The elusive Ochoa pledged to hold regular press briefings beginning January.

“We will study it, (but) if I could be of help, why not? I’ll try my best to accommodate (press briefings),” he said.

“The (MPC) says I should hold a briefing every week,” he said, drawing approving cheers from the members of the press.

“I said ‘next year.’ That won’t be long … but I hope this would not happen every week because I could run out of things to say, and we have so many talking heads already, isn’t that so?”

Since being named executive secretary by President Aquino, no one in the MPC could recall if Ochoa ever held a news briefing, a practice institutionalized by his predecessor, Eduardo Ermita, in the Arroyo administration.

Ochoa has held the media at bay from day one of the Aquino administration, largely keeping to himself and refusing to face reporters.

He however is indispensable to the media coverage of the Palace since he signs appointments and issues memorandums, and is expected to know the mind of the President on matters reaching the highest office.

Ochoa could also be picky about which Malacañang functions to attend, even if sometimes they are being held a few steps from his office. He is very rarely seen with the President, unlike Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

Apparently aware of the nonexistent relationship between Ochoa and the MPC, President Aquino has taken it upon himself to regularly brief the media on goings-on in the administration. Unlike his predecessor, Mr. Aquino has no qualms about sparing a few moments for the media in ambush interviews.

Currently, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte alternately brief the media at noon every day, with Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang popping in from time to time.

Christmas message

Asked what his Christmas message was, Ochoa said he wished Malacañang would be able to translate the achievements of the Aquino administration on the economic and political fronts into concrete programs that would be felt by the people.

“My wish for next year, or this Christmas, is for us to absorb the meaning of the achievements that P-Noy (President Aquino) has claimed … and how this could translate into more tangible and a more visible aspect toward … (the) progress of this country.”

He inadvertently admitted the Palace had a communication problem, pointing to the difficulty of convincing people to “see in concrete terms what (these gains) really mean (for the country).”

Seeking the help of the media in conveying these gains to the public, he said, “That’s the aspect that I would focus on if, as you say, I should conduct a briefing in the coming new year.”

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  • randyaltarejos

    Trust and confidence by the local public and the international communities on the achievements of the present administration should not be overlooked. Otherwise, the portfolio investments in the equities market wouldn’t have perked up, nine days in a row. Forget about ES Ochoa’s being shy with the media, after all there are many spokespersons already doing lip service for the administration’s accomplishments.

    • Angardryn

      Saan ba nag cover ang reporter na ito? Sa Kangkungan? Di ba nya alam, kaya si Ermita ang humaharap sa media kasi marami tinatago boss nya. Kailan pa naging spokespersona ang Executive Secretary. Noong ES si Alberto Romulo, umeepal ba ito? Minsan sana mag background check ang Inquirer kung tama premise ng story nila. Otherwise, mukhang katawatawa ang labas. Di na nga tabloid, comics pa!

  • Mabuhay

    erwin tulfo and martin andanar say that ochoa is an smuggler… blind item nila….oct 2012 cguro un…..

  • EdgarEdgar

    Paquito may be media-shy at times but he’s definitely not gun shy about a lot of things. And he is nowhere close to being shy when under the influence of alcohol. He may be forced to step out of palace shadows even before he plans to. Time is not on his side.

  • sigena

    media shy dahil lasing palagi

    • Guest

      Intriga lang itong storya na ito. Creating friction where there is none. Try again. Maybe next time the reporter will get lucky and get a real news story.

  • Jon

    Shot muna para masaya ang presscon.

  • $14334231

    with 80% blood alcohol, whatever he says could be construed as hearsays…, there, no presscon….hehehe….

  • Philcruz

    Yes, too many talking heads already. Ochoa could hold a presscon perhaps only once a month or once a quarter.. after he consolidates solid information from those monthly reports presumably submitted by the various departments and agencies.

  • Pacifico Gatdula

    “…at the Christmas party he threw for the MPC Wednesday night.” — Pucha, e wednesday night bumayo yung bagyong Pablo diba? so tulad last year, pumaparty ang Palasyo at ang bayarang media ni Ochoa habang nalulunod ang mga kababayan natin sa Compostela Valley? parehong mga walang puso ag media at gobyerno. Puro ligaya ang alam gawin, habang nagkakandahirap ang ibang Pilipino. Shame on you! 

  • Sarkasmos

    Maraming tinatago kaya mahilig magtago.

    • Guest

      Executive Secretary Ochoa
      is the best among the President’s men and he does not need the media to tell
      him that.

  • Jack

    maglaladlad na ba siya niyan?

  • George Lapulapu

    bakit sa january pa?  now na!!!  bakit pag aralan pa???.. aba 3 years ka na dyan sa pwesto mo a….pakito a…

    • Francis81

       Lasing palagi kasi yang si OchoOchoa kaya ayaw humarap sa media mabubuking siya!

  • Romeo

    May balita na malapit na rin mag maternity leave ang isang spokes person ng palace, sino kaya sya?

    • Francis81

      Ang tanungin mo kung sino ang tatay ng dinadala ng spokesperson na yun, kasi ang tatay ay may asawang iba.

      • Romeo

        Baka hindi sila magkaanak ng tunay na asawa kaya sa spokesperson na lang.
        Ano sa palagay mo igan.

  • Francis81

    Habang sinasalanta ng bagyong Pablo ang Mindanao at nangangamatay ang maraming Pilipino dun si OchoOchoa naman ay nagpaparty nuong Wednesday night. Wow!

    • Hasintoe_Henars

      Nanahimik na nga Ochoa iintrigahin nyo pa sa
      kapalpakan ng Tres Estupidos sa PCDSPO. Pinapabayaan lang ni Ochoa mga yan
      magkalat dahil ang kapalpakana nila will reflect on their true boss Mar Roxas.
      Parepareho silang mga incompetent ni Mar Roxas kaya Pchoa is just happy to
      watch them make a fool of themselves.

  • Benjamin

    Paking,,,tagay pa,,hik…tangna lakas mong lumaklak,ah…

    • Armean_Luwistraw

      I think an executive secretary should stay in
      the shadows. Our President has three talking hands and the President himself is
      a good communicator. So the premise of this article is wrong. I don’t why the
      editors ran this. Di man lang pinagisipan.

  • tower_of_power

    Kailan pa kaya makita ni Pnoy na TINIK SA LALAMUNAN NIYA SI OCHOA???

    • Oedipus_27

      Wag nyo nang udyukan si ochoa na makisawsaw pa.
      Ang sama na ng ginagawa nila. Lacierda, Carantot and Valte, makikgulo pa sya?
      Anop ba gusto ng PDI? Maraming spokesman para madaming balita na mali? I
      believe the President is his best spokesperson.

  • zeroko

    Talaga? Yuon bang 29% unemployment rate under PNoy is an achievement? He he he. Joke lang.

    Tapos, ang 200 billion deficit, achievement din? Sabi nga ng iba, PNoy’s deficit is much larger than Gloria or Erap or FVR. I can just imagine how we will economically survive, e, utang ng utang ang PNoy government natin.

    • kulittwit

      Check your facts. Arroyo left a bigger deficit. PNoy has decreased the deficit since last year and still going down…

  • Jhorge_huwashingtone

    Who needs a spokesperson when the President can do a better job? For the record, ES Ermita only became the defacto spokesperson because GMA retreated in the shadows after the “Hello Garci” scandal. Is that what the reporter wants? Tsk tsk


     Daming inggitero dito haha!

    • Fransisko_Dagohoy

      If the President is so open and transparent to
      media, who needs Ochoa to speak up? In fact, having Valte, Lacierda, and
      Carandang only muddies the message. Cheers to Ochoa for not being EPAL and
      knowing his place in the scheme of things.

  • boybakal

    With the picture above of Ochoa, He is not Media Shy but Camera Shy.
    Medyo pogi kasi.

  • Guest

    Ano ba gusto ng mga haters dito? Makipagkumpetensya pa Si Paquitoa kila Edwin, abi and Ricky? E wala syang balak tumakbo sa 2016 unlike the three stooges who will do anything to win an elective post. Kahit bgy capt papatulan :)

  • Guest

    I think ES Ochoa should be praised for not being
    an EPAL. He’s not a politician. He’s just doing his job withoiut any fanfare.

  • Jose Rizal

    There’s nothing good to say but “BULLSHIT”!
    Rather, saying “hail mama cory, and they Noinoy’s will be done thru his only begotten sloth son…” is too tiring to say….PUBLICLY!

  • disqusted0fu

    the drunken master training teaches you how to be elusive… maybe his new year’s resolution is not to get drunk that often so he could face the media every once in a while.

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