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Panelo: Duterte 'never bastos,' you women should know that

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte 'will be the first one to obey' the Bawal Bastos law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Locsin contradicts Panelo on cutting ties with Iceland

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:19 PM

'I never considered for a second cutting any ties over this small matter,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

TIES REMAIN. DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin says the Philippines will keep its ties with Iceland and remain in the UN rights body. Photo courtesy of UN

Duterte mulls cutting Iceland ties over U.N. probe – Panelo

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:17 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are only about 2,000 Filipinos there and as far as we know, there are no trade relations between these two countries except maybe fish,' says Presidential Spokesperson 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

Panelo to Carpio: Duterte's way still the best

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The spokesman claims President Rodrigo Duterte has 'studied' Justice Antonio Carpio's suggestions to enforce the Hague ruling, but has adopted the 'most intelligent, least dangerous' course of action

PH won't provide drug war docs if UNHRC report 'just fishing expedition'

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The Philippine government will only respond to requests for documents if Malacañang 'feels that the question is legitimate'

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

Malacañang says UNHRC resolution an insult to Filipinos

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:44 AM

The Palace calls the resolution 'grotesquely one-sided' and says President Rodrigo Duterte will decide whether to 'permit' the United Nations to probe drug war killings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials at the Malacañan Palace on July 8, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's endorsement of Cayetano speakership just a 'suggestion'

Jul 11, 2019 - 2:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte won't take it against lawmakers if they decide not to support the speakership bid of Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, says Malacañang

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, running for first district of Taguig, speaks before the Taguigeños of District 1 at the Team Lino Cayetano’s (TLC) Miting de Avance. May 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to dismiss 64 Customs personnel

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte wants the BOC employees to 'report to Malacañang' as they are investigated for corruption

Outgoing Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena hands over the Bureau of Customs Flag to incoming commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero at the turn over ceremony in Bureau of Customs, Manila. Lapena was given a send off ceremony to bid goodbye to employees. He will be heading to TESDA. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

PH to sue Chinese ship crew in local courts if China fails to penalize them

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines can file a case on 'reckless imprudence resulting to serious damage of property' against the captain and crew of the Chinese ship that hit F/B Gem-Ver

Children play around the dry-docked F/B Gem-Ver on June 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

3 House speaker bets agree to respect Duterte's choice

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the speakership hopefuls will 'settle the issue between them' should President Rodrigo Duterte still refuse to give his blessing

MEETING IN TOKYO. Three rivals for the speakership meet with President Rodrigo Duterte during his trip to Tokyo, Japan in May. File photo from Senator Bong Go

Panelo sees no contradiction between PCG-Marina report, Duterte

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Philippine Coast Guard and Marina investigators conclude the Recto Bank incident was a 'serious marine casualty' while President Rodrigo Duterte previously calls it a 'little maritime accident'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media following the oath taking ceremony of Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Not right for Palace to pit two constitutional provisions vs each other – law expert

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The charter's order for the government to keep resources in the Philippines' EEZ for exclusive use of Filipinos is not in conflict with the provision requiring the government to 'serve and protect' Filipinos, says law professor Tony La Viña

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 25, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte 8888 complaint hotline gets its own show, hosted by Panelo

Jul 03, 2019 - 10:34 AM

There are plans for President Rodrigo Duterte himself to appear in some episodes to answer questions from the public

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo shares the complaints being lodged by concerned citizens 8888 Hotline during the inauguration of the People's Television (PTV) Cordillera Hub at Lualhati Compound in Baguio City on March 11, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Paolo vying for speakership? Panelo says Duterte may not resign after all

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:43 PM

'You make a stand on the basis of circumstances. When those circumstances change, you change your stand,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo of President Duterte's promise to resign if his son joins the speakership race

FATHER AND SON. President Rodrigo Duterte and eldest son Davao City Representative Paolo Duterte (left). Malacañang Photo

Duterte wants China to guarantee rights, safety of PH fishermen

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte told Cabinet officials that the Recto Bank incident will be discussed in the next round of bilateral meetings with China, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China rejects third party in Recto Bank joint probe – Panelo

Jul 01, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines will still 'suggest' the inclusion of a neutral country in the joint inquiry, if China and the Philippines have conflicting findings on the Recto Bank incident

Damage of the F/B GemVir. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

As Duterte enters 3rd year in office, Malacañang says 'best is still to come'

Jun 30, 2019 - 1:05 AM

'The President’s record as the Philippines’ Chief Executive speaks for itself,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

HALFWAY MARK. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to enter his 3rd year in office on June 30, 2019. Photo from Malacañang PCOO

Panelo says Duterte can't be impeached over PH fishing rights

Jun 27, 2019 - 2:44 PM

'You cannot stop the President from doing measures or steps that, to his mind, are the correct way to obey the constitutional command to him to protect and serve the Filipino people,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins the Presidential Security Group (PSG) to celebrate its 122nd anniversary at the PSG Compound on June 26, 2019. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says he can't ban Chinese from fishing in PH waters

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:48 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites an agreement reached with China supposedly allowing Filipino fishermen to fish in Panatag Shoal. But the shoal is a common fishing ground whereas fishing in the Philippines' EEZ is reserved for Filipinos only.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 121st Philippine Navy Anniversary at the Commodore Rudiardo A. Brown Beaching Area (CRABBA), Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City on June 17, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Allow China to fish in PH waters? Panelo cites UNCLOS but forgets Constitution

Jun 26, 2019 - 2:32 PM

While an international agreement cites instances when a country can allow another to fish in its waters, the Philippine Constitution forbids it

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

PH backtracks, downplays 3rd party in Recto Bank probe

Jun 23, 2019 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after Duterte government officials made categorical statements about involving an independent 3rd party in the Recto Bank investigation

PALACE. President Rodrigo Duterte with his Palace executives Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo upon their arrival at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 21, 2019 for the ASEAN Summit. Malacañang photo

Panelo fumes at Lacson, says Recto Bank issue fueled by 'pretended nationalism'

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:10 PM

The Presidential Spokesman bristles at Senator Panfilo Lacson's observation that he appears to be lawyering for China

FALSE: Panelo says Filipino fishermen are 'hallucinating' over sunken ship

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Panelo does not say that in any of his press briefings and interviews after the sinking incident. However, after President Duterte downplays what happened as a 'maritime incident,' Panelo shifts gears.

Palace to demand reparation from China only 'after facts established'

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Hours earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the captain and crew of the Chinese vessel should apologize and provide compensation, whether or not the ramming was accidental

The fishermen of FB Gimver are reunited with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Panelo 'lawyering for China' on Philippine boat sinking incident, says Lacson

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:11 PM

'Parang ang mindset niya, defense counsel na nag-e-enter ng appearance for China if he was in a courtroom,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Why Senate cancelled ‘Bikoy’ hearing: Senator Panfilo M. Lacson explains to reporters, during Thursday’s weekly Kapihan sa Senado, why his committee on public order and dangerous drugs cancelled tomorrow’s (May 10) hearing on the viral online videos “Ang Totoong Narcolist” or “Bikoy videos. (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/ 09 May 2019)

PH refuses to summon China envoy over boat sinking

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'Bakit, may kasalanan ba ito, kailangan bang magpaliwanag sa atin?' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] Mitraydor na gyud ka’g maayo, Mayor!

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Nganong anaon man intawon ninyo nang mga pobreng mananagat Mayor? Abi nako mulaban ka sa mga Pinoy? Imbis kana ang imong gibuhat, imo hinuong gipasakitan sila sa pinaagi sa mga insulto ni Locsin ug ni Panelo.

Malacañang refutes PH boat owner: 'We can never be slaves'

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dispels criticism that the Duterte administration is a slave to China

BOAT OWNER. F/B Gem-Ver owner Felix dela Torre speaks to reporters in an interview on June 15, 2019 in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang open to Chinese claim vs Filipino fishermen

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:37 PM

'Kaming mga abogado, we wait for the facts to come in, all the facts,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

DUTERTE'S SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte is waiting for the final investigation of the Chinese government on the sinking of a Filipino boat in Recto Bank. Malacañang file photo

Panelo says possible for PH to cut ties with China over boat sinking

Jun 13, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says an 'outraged' President Rodrigo Duterte draws the line when Chinese acts involve physical harm to Filipinos

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

Foreigners may soon need working visa, TIN to work in PH

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The rise in illegal foreign workers in the Philippines is discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Monday, June 10

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines backs U.S. moves vs China buildup in South China Sea

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:04 PM

'The Philippine position is that every country has a right to use the waters in the South China Sea as well as the airspace. And we want peace and quiet in that area. So anything that will provide such kind of atmosphere, we are for it,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

Malacañang on Erwin Tulfo: He apologized, let's move on

Jun 03, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Though saying it's still on Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista's side, the Palace says it accepts Erwin Tulfo's apology

Photo by Angie de Silva

Japan trip not post-elections 'reward' for Duterte Cabinet – Malacañang

May 29, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) Malacañang says Philippine Ambassador Jose Laurel V was 'misinformed' when he described the trip as President Rodrigo Duterte's 'pabuya' to Cabinet members

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez upon his arrival at a hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 28, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang supports Vargas in POC feud

May 29, 2019 - 9:20 AM

'We call on everyone to insulate sports from politics,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

DISCORD. Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas (center), chairman Bambol Tolentino (left) and spokesman Ed Picson (right) gain support from the Palace.  Photo release

Duterte sat out PMA diploma distribution because he was 'sleepy' – Panelo

May 27, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte delegated the task of handing out diplomas to 'reserve his energy' for the rest of the graduation rites

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the pardon for the punishments for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) underclassmen during the commencement exercises of the PMA ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines bans gov't trips to Canada amid trash row

May 26, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Malacañang orders heads of government agencies 'to reduce official interaction with representatives of the Canadian government'

NOT A DUMPSITE. Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition stage a protest near the Canada embassy. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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