President Noy’s Cabinet members required to learn media relations, new DepEd sec Armin Luistro is first student

Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro was the first to attend the four-hour media relations seminar for Cabinet members yesterday, GMANews.TV reports.

According to GMANews.TV, Luistro was "the first to undergo the seminar since his schedule allowed it and not because he had a misunderstanding with the media whom he accused of muddling the issue of sex education." Luistro apologized for his statement and clarified that he didn’t mean to insult the media.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin was supposed to join Luistro in Tuesday’s seminar but the defense chief became unavailable due to other engagements.

GMANews.TV pointed out that Lacierda himself "had a heated exchange with some Palace reporters last week over the delayed conduct of a press conference." He was supposed to hold a briefing Thursday morning regarding the revision of Malacanang’s first memorandum circular on the use of "wang-wangs," but it was delayed because Lacierda was waiting for the final amendments from Malacanang’s legal team. However, he had agreed to a phone interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). This annoyed some Palace reporters who had been waiting for the briefing in Malacanang.

Lacierda likewise apologized for the incident immediately. He is set to take the media seminar today with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Presidential Management Staff head Julia Abad.

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