Duterte administration

Palace exec Melchor Quitain appointed Chief Presidential Legal Counsel

Pia Ranada
One of President Duterte’s most trusted in Malacañang gets the post vacated by Salvador Panelo

Malacañang Undersecretary Melchor Quitain is taking over the post of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel after Salvador Panelo resigned to run for senator.

This was announced by Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque on Tuesday, October 19.

Quitain, a lawyer, had previously been officer-in-charge of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, the office created for longtime Duterte aide and now-Senator Bong Go.

As OIC of this office, Quitain had supervision over the Presidential Management Staff.

Quitain is also known for writing President Rodrigo Duterte’s most impactful speeches, including his State of the Nation Addresses.

Duterte has trusted Quitain for a long time. He had served as Davao City administrator during Duterte’s terms as the city mayor, including his last one before running for the presidency. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.