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Malacañang now thinks Peter Joemel Advincula's claims worth looking into

May 23, 2019 - 2:07 PM

With Peter Joemel Advincula now pointing a finger at the opposition and not the Duterte family, the Palace says police should conduct a probe – which it earlier said would be a waste of time and money

Peter Joemel Advincula aka "Bikoy" speaks during a press conference of his surrender to the police in Camp Crame, Quezon City on 23 May 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

FALSE: Panelo's claim that PH is not a signatory to Basel Convention

May 23, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The Philippines signed the Basel Convention on March 22, 1989 and the treaty was ratified by Congress in October 1993

Malacañang probes Cardema for 'leading NYC meeting' after party-list bid

May 21, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Ronald Cardema should not have led a National Youth Commission meeting after formalizing his bid to become a Duterte Youth party nominee, says the Palace

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Party-list bid means Cardema resigned as youth chair – Malacañang

May 19, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Ronald Cardema is deemed resigned as National Youth Commission chairman, regardless of the outcome of his petition to become the Duterte Youth nominee

NYC CHIEF. Malacañang says Ronald Cardema will no longer serve as the youth comission's chair. Photo from the National Youth Commission

Malacañang offers 'hand of friendship' to opposition

May 15, 2019 - 6:08 PM

There's room for dissent as long as it's 'constructive,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Netizens ask Malacañang: What's the obsession with matrices?

May 10, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Netizens poke fun at the latest matrix released by Malacañang

Hidilyn Diaz fears for life over Duterte foe list

May 10, 2019 - 5:14 PM

'I am concerned for my security as well as that of my parents,' says the Olympic weightlifting star

UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS. The President’s spokesman says there has been a wrong analysis of the Duterte ouster diagram that includes Philippine sports star Hidilyn Diaz. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Panelo says Gretchen Ho, Hidilyn Diaz not part of 'conspiracy' vs Duterte

May 10, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo blames the media for making a 'wrong analysis' about the diagrams, saying Ho and Diaz were only included to show Rodel Jayme's Facebook interests

New Malacañang diagrams. Screenshot from RTVM

Conspiracy diagrams show new level of ‘idiocy, incompetence’

May 08, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Journalists and candidates blast the new set of diagrams from Malacañang that seek to lump them together in one conspiracy to discredit President Duterte

NEW DIAGRAMS. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo presents a new set of diagrams alleging a 'conspiracy' to discredit the Duterte administration. RTVM screenshot

Malacañang releases new diagrams on 'conspiracy' to discredit Duterte

May 08, 2019 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Liberal Party, Magdalo, journalists, and media organizations are tagged as part of a 'conspiracy' to boost the Senate bids of Otso Diretso candidates

New Malacañang diagrams. Malacañang photo

Malacañang backs probe into Chinese-only establishments

May 06, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Chinese-run businesses should not be 'discriminating against Filipinos,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo amid a call by a senator to close such establishments

Malacañang to 2018 Bar exam passers: Integrity highest virtue in law profession

May 03, 2019 - 5:53 PM

'We hope that many of our country’s new lawyers consider pursuing a career in the government,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, who also tells the incoming batch of lawyers not to be biased when faced with questions of law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the 25th anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 19, 2019. Joining the President is MinDA Chair Datu Abul Khayr Alonto and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'The President does not lie' – Panelo

May 02, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo insists on the honesty of a 'thinking President' like Rodrigo Duterte amid the uproar over the Philippine chief's 'ouster plot matrix'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 25th National Federation of the Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines Annual National Convention at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City on April 6, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang's copy of 'ouster matrix' came from unknown number

May 02, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo only 'reasonably assumed' that the diagram he received from a mysterious mobile number is the same 'matrix' referred to by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: 'Conspiracy is not a crime' – Panelo

May 01, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Human rights lawyer Theodore Te says, Panelo is 'basically admitting there is no basis for the matrix' implicating journalists and lawyers 'because they can't even come up with a prima facie case'

'Totally unnecessary' for Duterte to prove 'ouster matrix' – Malacañang

May 01, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Yet Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo justifies President Duterte's release of the 'ouster plot' diagram by citing 'the people's right to information'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Kaamulan Park in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on April 13, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang respects Sara Duterte's opposition to federalism

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the presidential daughter's stance will not affect the administration's push for a shift to a federal system of government

Malacañang offers P10M for capture of Eduardo Acierto

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Because of this large bounty from the Palace, the Department of Justice is no longer offering its own reward money for Eduardo Acierto and will use its funds to find the ex-cop's protectors instead

Interview with Eduardo Acierto

San Francisco Board of Supervisors hits Duterte drug war, De Lima detention

Apr 28, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Malacañang slams the 'toxic and unacceptable intrusion' into Philippine sovereignty

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Human rights law group calls Oust Duterte plot ‘rubbish'

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:49 PM

(UPDATED) In Malacañang, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the supposed intel info should be trusted because it came from Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Caraga State University in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte on April 21, 2019. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines denounces Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our nation, together with the rest of the world, is outraged by these latest senseless acts of terror and violence,' says the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte

Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - At least 42 people were killed April 21 in a string of blasts at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Del Rosario slams Panelo for 'mindless' surrender to China

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:10 PM

If Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is not defending the Philippines, 'what in heaven's name is he doing?' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario holds a press conference with former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (not in photo) on March 22, 2019, about their complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines 'saddened, bothered' by Notre-Dame fire

Apr 16, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Manila Cathedral, which was destroyed by fire in the past, grieves the burning of part of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in France

NOTRE-DAME FIRE. Firefighters douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Spratlys part of China territory? Malacañang reminds Beijing of Hague ruling

Apr 12, 2019 - 9:59 PM

'China should avoid performing acts that will place at risk the Filipino fishermen fishing in the disputed areas,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Changes in 'doble plaka' law may be done through IRR, amendment – Panelo

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Why did the President sign the controversial law only to ask for its suspension? Malacañang says he may not have known about concerns of motorcycle riders' at the time.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a bow before the attendees at the 25th National Federation of the Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines Annual National Convention at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City on April 6, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang slams U.S. senators for 'interfering' with PH sovereignty

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The American senators who called on the Duterte government to drop charges against Senator Leila de Lima and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa should 'mind their own business,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang dismisses 'Totoong Narco List' video as black propaganda

Apr 03, 2019 - 8:46 PM

(UPDATED) Paolo Duterte calls the allegations in the video an 'invention' and blames a certain 'J.S.' for it

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend the Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang to obey SC ruling on release of drug war documents

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:25 PM

The Duterte administration will comply with the High Court's decision 'unless it reverses itself upon a motion for reconsideration by the Solicitor General,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

DRUG WAR DOCUMENTS. Drug war documents at Camp Crame from May 21, 2018. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

FALSE: Panelo's claim that China's environmental damage not in Hague ruling

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's legal counsel has apparently not read the line in the historic decision that says China 'caused severe harm to the coral reef environment' and allowed its fishermen to take endangered species

Panelo changes tune on loans: From 'no say' to 'equal footing' with China

Apr 01, 2019 - 7:20 PM

A week ago, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo had said the Philippines had no say in the loan agreements with China as it is merely a borrower

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee head Song Tao's courtesy call on the President at Matina Enclaves in Davao City on March 27, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo downplays role of social media in Duterte victory

Apr 01, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte knew nothing about the network of pro-Duterte fake accounts Facebook recently took down

Panelo to 'politely ask' China envoy to stop deploying ships near Pag-asa

Apr 01, 2019 - 2:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman also says the Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest about the Chinese vessels, but no details are provided

President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo after the 5th Cabinet meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on August 22. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Malacañang tells Maria Ressa to stop 'complaining' about arrests

Mar 29, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo insists Rappler CEO Maria Ressa's rights have not been violated, even as journalists and groups decry her arrests as attacks on independent journalism

ARRESTED AGAIN. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa is arrested by members of the Pasig City police at the NAIA on March 29, 2019, for anti-dummy act charges. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘Miriam would have pulverized’ Panelo, says late senator’s sister

Mar 26, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Linn Defensor Evangelista, the sister of Miriam Defensor Santiago, slams Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo for saying that the late senator's election as an ICC judge was not valid

More proof needed to shake Duterte's trust in Michael Yang – Panelo

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:30 PM

If the allegations against presidential adviser Michael Yang are 'validated,' Malacañang says charges should be filed against the Chinese national

TAPPED BY PALACE. Documents show the nature of Chinese national Michael Yang's engagement with Malacañang

China shooing away PH fishermen from Panatag Shoal? 'What can we do?' – Panelo

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The claims of Zambales fishermen interviewed in a video for senatorial bet Neri Colmenares question the effectiveness of the Duterte administration's bilateral talks with China on the West Philippine Sea

ROUTINE. Fisherfolk in Masinloc, Zambales, go on with their business despite the dangers of being attacked by Chinese coastguards in the disputed Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough). File photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

Philippines has no say in loan deals with China – Panelo

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The Duterte administration has no choice but to abide by China's terms since it is only the borrower while China is the lender, says Malacañang

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) during an exchange of agreements at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

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