(Screengrab from Rose Beatrix ‘Trixie’ Cruz-Angeles' Youtube video)

MANILA – Lawyer, radio commentator, and vlogger Rose Beatrix ‘Trixie’ Cruz-Angeles has been named press secretary of presumptive President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.

Marcos’ chief-of-staff and incoming Executive Secretary Atty. Vic Rodriguez said Cruz-Angeles accepted the offer to be press secretary and head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

“I am grateful for the opportunity I am given to take part in the administration of President Bongbong Marcos as his Press Secretary. It is with humility that I accept the nomination and assume the responsibility of running the affairs of the PCOO,” Cruz-Angeles was quoted as saying in the press release.

Rodriguez said Cruz-Angeles will “oversee the operations of the PCOO, which includes the conduct of regular press briefings to media practitioners covering Malacañang activities.”’

Marcos earlier announced that he will not appoint a spokesperson, which in effect limits Cruz-Angeles’ function to talking head during press briefings.

Cruz-Angeles previously served as a social media strategist at the PCOO from July 2017 to 2018 during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

As a lawyer, she is known for representing military officers charged with rebellion and mutiny.

Cruz-Angeles was also a former commissioner for Cultural Heritage of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and former spokesperson of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

She currently hosts the Karambola program over DWIZ.

She also maintains a vlog “Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan” which has over 400,000 followers on Facebook.

Cruz-Angeles used to be the publisher of Politiko, an online publication on and about politicians and government officials in the country, and a columnist for Inquirer.net.

She was a lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University and the Institute for Cultural and Arts Management.

She finished her law degree at the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1997 and is taking an International Relations degree at the University of Minnesota in the US as well as a master's degree in Archaeology, also in UP.

In a press statement, outgoing PCOO secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar welcomed Cruz-Angeles’ nomination.

“Attorney Angeles is no stranger to PCOO having served the office during the early years of the Duterte Administration. We wish Attorney Angeles all the best in her latest assignment,” Andanar said. (PNA)