Manila, Dec. 7 -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Saturday blasted the "baseless" and "erroneous" report recently published by Nikkei about the supposed cronyism under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement, Andanar denied that Duterte and his administration are practicing partiality in awarding jobs and other advantages to friends or trusted colleagues.

"The Duterte Administration has constantly and blatantly condemned cronyism in our society," the PCOO chief said.

"Any claims and attacks being made in relation to this matter are by the opposition and by interest groups that are against the socio-economic policies and reforms by this administration. Not only are these...