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Malacañang: Ex-PH officials' ICC case vs Xi 'a futile exercise'

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo provides reasons why the complaint of former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales may not prosper at the International Criminal Court

PIVOT TO CHINA. Philippine relations with  China warmed under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, seen in this photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Malacanang photo

Malacañang doubts Bong Go will be charged for vote-buying

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo believes Bong Go didn't 'induce' people to vote for him when the former presidential aide gave out cash assistance to fire victims

Photo from Bong Go

ICC investigators to be denied entry, deported if they visit PH to probe drug war

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Any attempt to gather more information about the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs will be taken by Malacañang as interference with Philippine sovereignty

Panelo thumbs down Pernia-backed 'Department of Water'

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Such a department is not necessary, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, contrary to the view of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

On Wednesday, March 06, 2019, the water level at the La Mesa dam in Quezon City, has reached 69.35 ft. from its 78 ft. normal level due to receding water following months of very little rain. Metro Manila potable water consumers are now experiencing low water pressure and in some areas no water service. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Panelo: Manila Water shortage may be 'artificial'

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:34 PM

If reports are true that Angat Dam is not at a critically low level, inefficiency and mismanagement may be to blame for the water crisis in parts of Metro Manila, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Residents of Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 10, 2019, fetch potable water at a water hydrant in the barangay after experiencing low water pressure or no water supply caused by the operational adjustments to address the continuous decline of La Mesa Dam water level. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Panelo takes it back: Balutan resigned

Mar 11, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Malacañang says President Duterte's office received the resignation letter of PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan only after the Palace announcement that he was fired

PCSO Gen. Manager Alexander Balutan during congress hearing on the Investigation into alleged irregularities at the PCSO regarding the operation of STL, issuance of permit to Authorized Agency Corporations and shortfall in the collection of STL revenues accruing to the government. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang taking Mahathir's advice on Chinese loans

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The Duterte government's economic managers are 'evaluating all kinds of loans' from China, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS, BROTHERS FOR PEACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte accompanies Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as the latter signs the guest book upon his arrival at the Malacañan Palace for his two-day official visit to the Philippines on March 7, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Malacañang says Mon Tulfo entitled to his opinion on Filipino workers

Mar 11, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Mon Tulfo was only relaying the observations of developers on why they supposedly prefer Chinese workers to Filipino workers

Laborers continue their work on an elevated highway system on November 5, 2018, that is part of the government's build, build, build project. A mandated P25 minimum wage increase would be beneficial to the labor sector to somehow offset the rising prices of basic commodities due to the rise in inflation. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Up to voters if candidates' honesty matters to them – Malacañang

Mar 07, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo refuses to state Malacañang's position on the issue of honesty among elected officials, claiming it might be seen as campaigning for or against some candidates

It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez Season 5 launch Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Malacañang says CA nod not needed for Diokno appointment as BSP governor

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:07 AM

The New Central Bank Act states that the appointment of BSP governor, as head of a department, requires CA confirmation. But the Palace cites a Supreme Court ruling that states no law can add to the types of government officials needing CA approval

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte 'not involved' on court order allowing Misuari overseas travel – Panelo

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte is confident that Nur Misuari 'will come back'

'BELOVED FRIEND'. President Rodrigo Duterte greets his 'beloved friend' MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari in Malacañang in November 2016. File photo from Malacañang Photo

Palace on releasing drug list: Politicians can just file libel if not true

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says releasing the list is part of the 'duty' of the government to inform the voters of who they should vote for

NARCOPOLITICIAN LIST. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte will allow release of list of local officials involved in the drug industy, as he did before. Presidential file photo

China denies Panelo statement on illegal Chinese workers

Feb 28, 2019 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) China refutes Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo who said Beijing will adopt a 'tit-for-tat' approach if the Philippines 'recklessly' deports Chinese workers

CHINESE AMBASSADOR. President Rodrigo Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th founding anniversary celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc at the Manila Hotel on February 19, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Man posing as Panelo on Facebook arrested in Cebu

Feb 26, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The online impostor of Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo sought 'donations' from the Cabinet official's wealthy friends

ARRESTED. Jose Villafuerte is arrested for posing as Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo online and conning people into giving 'donations.' Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Child Rights Network: Catriona Gray speaks more sense than Panelo on criminal liability age

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:43 AM

The beauty queen earlier said the country should instead address the reasons why children commit crimes

MISS UNIVERSE. Catriona Gray attends her homecomin parade on February 22. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malacañang rejects Abu Sayyaf's ransom demand for foreign hostages

Feb 22, 2019 - 2:09 PM

'We stand firm on our no ransom policy,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, reacting to the Abu Sayyaf Group's threat to behead two Indonesians and one Malaysian if ransom is not paid

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Panelo says Catriona Gray may be 'misinformed' about bill on criminal liability age

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Miss Universe Catriona Gray should not be swayed by administration critics who oppose lowering the age of criminal responsibility

Catriona Gray homecoming

Panelo: Joining rallies alone not enough basis to revoke scholarships

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Malacañang says existing laws already penalize any person, including students, proven to be part of efforts to oust the government

CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSAL. National Youth Commission Chairman Ronald Cardema suggests an executive order stripping public school students of their scholarships if they are 'anti-government.' Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Choosing opposition bets in May? Panelo explains your vote

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:32 PM

3 months before elections, Panelo says that if opposition candidates win in the Senate race, it's because they're expected to help the President

Duterte hit for endorsing Jinggoy? Filipinos 'believe in his judgment' – Panelo

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsements of Jinggoy Estrada and Imee Marcos won't hurt his supposedly firm stance against corruption

Detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada arrive at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on Monday, for his Plunder and Graft trial. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Duterte open to changes in rice tariffication bill

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Rice industry stakeholders still hope the National Food Authority's regulatory powers will be retained, but President Rodrigo Duterte is against this

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with the members of his cabinet and the stakeholders from the rice industry at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Vaccine scare: PAO chief not to blame for 'impassioned advocacy,' says Panelo

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Malacañang says it would be up to PAO chief Persida Acosta to act on claims that her handling of the Dengvaxia controversy discouraged parents from having their kids vaccinated against measles

Senate hearing for Dengvaxia case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang: House restrictions on SALNs may violate Constitution

Feb 04, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo asks members of the House of Representatives to 'deliberate more' on their new rules

MONEY AND TRANSPARENCY. The House of Representatives issues new rules making it harder for the public to access SALNs

Malacañang condemns murder of NDF consultant, QC barangay captain

Jan 31, 2019 - 1:08 PM

'There can be no act of violence against anyone regardless of whether [or not] they agree with government,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Members of different human rights organizations hold an indignation rally at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on January 30, 2019 calling for justice in the killing of NDF peace consultant Randy Malayao who was gunned down aboard a bus while on his way home to Isabela Province. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PH 'should thank' China for 'rescue center' in West PH Sea – Panelo

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Does Malacañang believe China when it says the 'rescue center' will not be used for other purposes? 'We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippins Zhao Jianhua who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on October 8, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang thumbs down Sotto’s reenacted budget proposal

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:01 PM

A reenacted budget would hurt the economy and delay the government's major infrastructure projects, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Malacañang vows to hunt down 'godless murderers' behind Zamboanga mosque blast

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the mosque explosion is a 'taunting challenge to the capability of the government to secure the safety of the inhabitants in Mindanao'

GRENADE ATTACK. A grenade is thrown inside a Zamboanga City mosque where religious leaders were resting on Wednesday, January 30. PNP Zamboanga photo

Panelo to CBCP: Stick to 'spiritual' matters, don't criticize Duterte

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'We have enough critics. We have the opposition, we have the human rights, dadagdagan mo pa,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

CBCP President Davao Archbishop Valles presides over a press conference condemning the recent bombing of the Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo that killed 20 people. With him are Caloocan Bishop David and Caloocan Archbishop Ledesma at the Pope Pius Center in Manila on January 28.2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Jolo bombing 'more reason' to retain martial law – Malacañang

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The two recent major bombings in Mindanao are 'too little' to prove martial law has been ineffective, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Philippine security personnel carry a body bag containing the remains of a blast victim after two bombs exploded at a church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. - At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said on January 27, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region. (Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP)

Military will 'crush' Jolo attackers, says Malacañang

Jan 27, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo and other officials also denounce the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral

AFTERMATH. Two bombs detonate at the cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, killing civilians attending Mass and soldiers who responded to the scene. Photo from AFP-WestMinCom

Galvez says ratified BOL brings 'new dawn' to Mindanao

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The new autonomous region will be in place after President Rodrigo Duterte forms the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority

CORRECTING HISTORICAL INJUSTICE. The new Bangsamoro region is expected to help bring peace in Mindanao. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Malacañang congratulates Pacquiao for defeating Broner

Jan 20, 2019 - 3:11 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao, 40, proved 'that age is just a number' after defeating 29-year-old Adrien Broner, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

NO STOPPING. Manny Pacquiao racks up his 61st win in is Hall of Fame career. Photo from Showtime Twitter account

Malacañang 'outraged' by killing of ex-Cebu City fiscal

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Malacañang assures the family and friends of former Cebu City assistant prosecutor Mary Ann Castro that 'justice will be served'

AMBUSHED. Mary Ann Castro sustained 5 gunshots in Escario St., Cebu City. Photo by Romeo Marantal

Malacañang: Henry Sy Sr a 'pillar of Philippine economy'

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mr Sy exemplified the hardworking Filipino. As a family man, he had moulded his children into his own image: humble, hardworking and a man of prophetic vision,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

HALF-MAST. SM flags are at half-mast at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City on January 19, 2019 for the death of owner and tycoon Henry Sy. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

‘Just pray’ for Duterte, Malacañang tells Bataan bishop

Jan 15, 2019 - 2:56 PM

Bishop Ruperto Santos has said President Duterte ‘is a disappointment and disgrace to our country,’ after the President urged bystanders to ‘rob and kill rich bishops’

'COLORFUL SPEECH'. Malacañang says President Duterte's continued high approval and trust ratings reflect how Filipinos feel about his off-color remarks in his speeches. In this speech in Kidapawan City in December 2018, he 'confessed' that he molested their family maid as a teen. Malacañang photo

Malacañang stands by Diokno, blames Congress for delayed salary hike

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The Palace supports the stance of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno – that implementing the 4th tranche of the government pay hike without a Congress-approved 2019 budget would be unconstitutional

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour at the House of Representatives on December, 11, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Malacañang frowns upon birth certificate requirement for passport renewal

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:03 AM

The Palace says it treats the alleged passport data loss as a 'serious and grave matter,' as it slammed the current birth certificate requirement in passport renewal as a form of red tape the administration won't tolerate

DATA BREACH. Government is scrambling to get to the bottom of a supposed passport data breach. File photo by  LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chopper pilot, not Dino, to blame for unauthorized Ultra landing – Malacañang

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'Ano ang kasalanan ng pasahero, pasahero lang 'yun?' Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says in defense of Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino

Malacañang warning: Budget delays 'unacceptable' to Filipinos

Jan 07, 2019 - 9:33 PM

(UPDATED) But senators maintain they are doing their best, as they continue to scrutinize the 2019 budget

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

ACT members being monitored due to 'Left connection' – Malacañang

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:40 PM

(UPDATED) Police may need to monitor 'one or two' members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers suspected of conspiring to bring down the Duterte administration, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Duterte's maid-molesting story 'concocted' – Panelo

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims he made up his story about touching a maid in order to 'dramatize' the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after leading the ceremonial distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of Cotabato Province at the Provincial Gymnasium Capitol Compound in Kidapawan City, Cotabato on December 29, 2018. Also in the picture is Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones, and North Cotabato First District Representative Emmylou Mendoza. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo: Duterte only 'puts religion to test' when saying Trinity is 'silly'

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says that President Rodrigo Duterte only intends to 'initiate an intellectual discussion' for the 'faithful's enlightenment and spiritual awakening'

ATTACK. In a December 29 speech, President Rodrigo Duterte mocked the Christian doctrine of Holy Trinity. Rappler photo

Malacañang on 'ISIS-inspired' Cotabato blast: Do not speculate

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr also tells the public to be more 'sober' in dealing with rumors and calls the incident an 'isolated case'

BLAST. Two people died while 34 were injured in an explosion in a mall in Cotabato City on December 31, 2018. Sourced photo

Malacañang says woman's statue in Laguna part of freedom of expression

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo adds although the public should commemorate sacrifices and lessons learned World War II, it would be 'counter productive' to antagonize Japan – a strategic ally of the Philippines

SPOKESPERSON. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

2019 an 'exciting year' for Filipinos, says Malacañang

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang says 'milestones' of the government in 2018 are 'beginning to bear fruit’ but the opposition believes the past year ‘saw an unraveling of the Duterte administration’

NEW YEAR. President Rodrigo Duterte applauds while listening to the performers during the Christmas tree lighting in Malacañang on December 3, 2018. Photo by Karl Norman/Presidential Photo

On Rizal Day, Palace tells youth: Be courageous, empathetic

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'Jose Rizal’s martyrdom should propel us to rise to the challenge of the times and unchain ourselves from our stupor of indifference,' Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says on the eve of Rizal Day 2018

RIZAL DAY. The country commemorates the 122nd death anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal. File Presidential Photo

PH gov't to prioritize strict airport security

Dec 28, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Malacañang says Philippine authorities will consider the recommendations of the US Department of Homeland Security, which issued a travel advisory on inadequate aviation security at the NAIA

AIRPORT SECURITY. The US Department of Homeland Security warns travellers against the lax security measures at NAIA. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

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Panelo: Critics calling Duterte a bully 'cannot swallow reality'

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte only 'threatens the criminals and the corrupt' and 'curses the hypocrites,' according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Christmas Party with the Sergeant Majors from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), soldiers wounded in action (WIA), and children of Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) personnel at the Malacañan Palace on December 20, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Philippines condoles with Indonesia after deadly tsunami

Dec 23, 2018 - 2:44 PM

No Filipino is reported killed or injured in the Indonesia tsunami, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

INDONESIA TSUNAMI. Bodies of victims recovered along Carita beach are placed in body bags on December 23, 2018, after the area was hit by a tsunami on December 22, 2018, following an eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano. Photo by Semi/AFP