Martin Andanar

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This name uses Philippine naming customs. The middle name or maternal family name is Marfori and the surname or paternal family name is Andanar.
Martin Andanar
Secretary of Presidential Communications
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte
Preceded by Sonny Coloma
Personal details
Born Jose Ruperto Martin Marfori Andanar
(1974-08-21) August 21, 1974 (age 42)
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Political party PDP-Laban
Spouse(s) Alelee Aguilar-Andanar
Alma mater Federation University Australia
Asian Institute of Management
Occupation Blogger, Radio commentator

Martin Andanar (born August 21, 1974) is a former Filipino television news executive and news anchor, radio commentator, podcaster, audio blogger and voice-over artist who last worked for TV5. He is currently the Secretary of the Presidential Communications Office of the Philippines under the Duterte administration.

Andanar was the head of News5 Everywhere, the online news video and audio portal of TV5, formerly anchored Aksyon sa Umaga and Punto Asintado on Radyo5 92.3 News FM and AksyonTV, sister stations of TV5. He was also a voice-over talent of News5, AksyonTV, and Radyo5 92.3 News FM.

In June 2016, it was announced that Andanar will be joining President Rodrigo Duterte's administration as the Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (later renamed as the Presidential Communications Office), replacing Sonny Coloma.[1] He will supervise the operations of government's news and information agencies, television and radio stations including PIA, PNA, PTV-4, IBC-13 and PBS-Radyo ng Bayan, and will also act as a presidential spokesperson in press conferences by the Malacañang Press Corps. He assumed the secretaryship on June 30, 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Andanar lives with his wife, Alelee, and two kids in Manila.


Martin graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Social and Political Studies & Film and Media Studies at the University of Ballarat in Australia, a school known for its top Mining program. He finished his Master in Entrepreneurship at the Asian Institute of Management. Andanar pursued further doctorate studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman but found it hard to balance work with education. In 2008, along with 30 Filipino Youth Leaders, the US State Department sent Andanar to Northern Illinois University for a one month Fellowship. On June 2009, he went to Georgetown University in Washington DC for a Leadership seminar. He also completed a Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University on March 2010 thereafter. In 2015, he also attended a Public Communications Executive Course at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore.

A considerable amount of his practical education came from managing and, an independent podcast production and audio blog Martin initiated. Further enlightenment was achieved when Andanar hosted his own podcast show called "Martin's Mancave" which had a small but dedicated anonymous following.



Year Title Character Network
2014–2016 Aksyon sa Umaga Host/Anchor TV5
2012–2016 Punto Asintado Radio Commentator (Radio Show) AksyonTV
2011–2014 Andar ng mga Balita News Anchor AksyonTV
2011–2013 Crime Klasik Host
2010–2011 Dokumentado Host AksyonTV/TV5
2010–2012 Sapul sa Singko Host/Anchor TV5
2010–2011 Aksyon JournalisMO News Anchor
2010 Aksyon Weekend News Anchor
2008–2010 TEN: The Evening News News Anchor
2008–2009 Pulis! Pulis! Host
2006–2008 Sentro News Anchor ABC
2003 Teledyaryo News Anchor NBN
1999–2002 Unang Hirit Host GMA Network
1999–2002 GMA Network News Weekend News Anchor


Year Title Character Network
2012–2016 Punto Asintado Host 92.3 News FM
2010–2012 Andar ng mga Balita Anchor

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2004 18th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Male Newscaster Anchor of Big News Won
2008 22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Male Newscaster Anchor of Sentro Nominated
2015 Gawad Sulo ng Bayan Awards TV Broadcaster of the Year Anchor/Host of Aksyon Sa Umaga
Head of News5 Everywhere (N5E)
Voice-over of News5


Political offices
Preceded by
Sonny Coloma
Secretary of Presidential Communications
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Ernesto Pernia
as Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as Secretary of Presidential Communications
Succeeded by
Hermogenes Esperon
as National Security Adviser