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Panelo sees weak evidence vs Albayalde in Senate hearings

Oct 14, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The Malacañang spokesman can't say for certain if President Rodrigo Duterte asked Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde to resign

PNP chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Nakakalason ang singaw ng tambutso ni Panelo

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM

There is nothing to prove. There's a huge transportation crisis as well as an EQ and IQ deficit in government to understand the problem.

Robredo: To solve transport crisis, gov't must first admit it exists

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:50 PM

'Kasi kapag sinabi mong walang krisis, wala ka talagang gagawin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, as she calls for compassion to be shown to commuters

Heavy traffic along Edsa near Cubao can be seen as heavy rains fell on the metro in the early evening hours of the day. Compounded by the reblocking and repairs of some lanes in portions on Edsa. October 12, 2019 Photo by Maria Tan

Panelo 'sorely missed the point' of commute challenge, say militant groups

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:49 PM

'Kung walang krisis sa transportasyon, malapit na dapat siya sa Baguio sa ganoong katagal na biyahe,' Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says after Panelo insisted that there is no transportation crisis, even after a nearly 4-hour trip to work using public transportation

COMMUTE CHALLENGE. Spokeperson Salvador Panelo in a jeepney along Aurora Blvd in Quezon City on October 11, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Netizens dare officials: Dengvaxia shot for Persida, rice planting for Cynthia

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:47 PM

After Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo's commute stunt, netizens dare other officials to put their money where their mouth is

'Hindi lang siya ang pasahero dito': Panelo challenge tests commuters' patience

Oct 11, 2019 - 2:34 PM

A jeepney with Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo among its passengers had to stop when media swarm it for a chance interview with the Palace official, causing a commuting nun to lose her cool

MEDIA CAUSED TRAFFIC? Members of the media swarm Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo inside a jeepney, much to the frustration of the other passengers who are hurrying to work and school. Photo courtesy of Adrian Portugal

Panelo didn't experience real commuter struggle, netizens say

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:11 PM

(UPDATED) Panelo receives special treatment from policemen and traffic enforcers during his nearly-4-hour commute from Marikina to Malacañang

No transport crisis? Panelo gets to work after nearly 4-hour commute

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:22 AM

(5th UPDATE) Anakbayan national spokesperson Alex Danday says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo had turned their commute challenge into a mere 'photo opportunity'

LATE. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, clad in white, alight from one of his 3 jeepney rides of the day on the way to Malacañang. Past 8:00, he was still stuck in Cubao, Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Adrian Portugal

‘Wala daw crisis?’: Netizens slam government's denial of transpo problem

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:05 AM

‘Teka lang, bakit may solusyon siya kung wala namang problema?’ one netizen asks

Mr Panelo, this Marikina resident wakes up at 3 am to get to school

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:31 PM

We ask Marikina residents to react to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo's no-transportation-crisis remark: ‘Ano’ng aga pa ba ang gagawin ko para hindi na ako ma-late? ’Yung ’di na ako matutulog?’

DOUBLE THE TIME. Commuters coming from Marikina says the amount of people waiting for PUV rides have doubled, and so did their waiting time as well. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler DOUBLE THE TIME. Commuters coming from Marikina says the amount of people waiting for PUV rides have doubled, and so did their waiting time as well. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No security, no press coverage during commute, Panelo vows

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Will he take public transportation during rush hour? 'Basta, secret,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Malacañang photo

Do it every day! Netizens react to Panelo’s planned commute

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:37 PM

Without special preparation and treatment, will Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo survive the long lines, hours of waiting, and horrendous traffic that commuters endure every day?

[OPINION] No, Mr Panelo, there is a traffic crisis and denying it won’t help

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:38 AM

'Your remark is insensitive and exemplifies what we already know about this administration: that you rarely really care about the poor, and that you coddle the rich.'

Challenge accepted: Panelo to commute to Malacañang on October 11

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:00 PM

'The challenge to commute is accepted. This coming Friday, I'll take the jeepney and the LRT in going to work,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

NO TRANSPORT CRISIS? Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says he will commute to Malacañang on October 11, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang 'will not be intimidated' by September 30 transport strike

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Transport groups will again protest the government's public utility vehicle modernization program, but Malacañang says the program is 'long overdue'

TRANSPORT STRIKE. A protester at a previous transport strike in July 2019. Photo by Maria Tan

[OPINION] Martial law 'a tool to save democracy'? A response to Panelo's claims

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The more I read Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo's statements, the more they come off as insults to the victims and survivors of Martial Law. Panelo justifies both the butcher and his knife.

'Brazen' intrusion: PH slams proposed U.S. travel ban on officials in De Lima detention

Sep 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang insists the detention of Duterte critic Senator Leila de Lima is not politically-motivated

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

Duterte 'forgot' he ordered block vs future grants, loans from 18 countries

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:54 PM

(UPDATED) Dominguez's statement, read out by Panelo, mentions prospective assistance from Spain, France, and Germany as those being affected by the Palace order. It makes no mention of any UK assistance.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang against raising Hague ruling before UN for fear of hurting China ties

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Following ex-DFA chief Albert del Rosario's suggestion will only have an 'adverse effect' on the Philippines' and China's 'friendly talks' on the West Philippine Sea, says the Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Joke again? Lost in translation? Duterte says he 'ordered' Loot ambush

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says enough leeway should be given to a 'Bisaya President' who 'misspeaks the Filipino language'

AMBUSHED. Ex-Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot is a former police general accused of protecting drug lords. File photo by Rappler

Lorenzana to ‘carefully scrutinize’ AFP deal with China-backed telco

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The defense chief says he was unaware of the deal to let Dito Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel) build facilities in military camps, and will check it before giving his approval

Lorenzana unaware of AFP-Mislatel deal, vows probe – Panelo

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:48 PM

The Philippine government can still pull out of the deal if officials identify security risks in the arrangement, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo on 'confusing' remarks of Duterte, Panelo: 'Ano ba talaga?'

Sep 15, 2019 - 4:40 PM

'Tingin ko hindi lang ako iyong nalilito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, on Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo often 'clarifying' President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks

DUTERTE'S SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo and President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang photo

Panelo suggests choppers for emergency patients in traffic-logged cities

Sep 10, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the death of patients in ambulances caught in heavy traffic proves the need for emergency powers for President Rodrigo Duterte

STANDSTILL. Heavy traffic has become a regular scene in EDSA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Panelo on Faeldon: Just 'outwitted' by corrupt BuCor officials

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Despite ongoing probes on corruption in the Bureau of Corrections, Malacañang says it's likely Nicanor Faeldon was not involved in wrongdoing and was merely 'outwitted'

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Panelo and the blurring of line between mandates and favors

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:59 PM

What Salvador Panelo did was to extend a favor, not fulfill a mandate

Panelo rejects Inquirer.net apology

Sep 06, 2019 - 6:18 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'What can we do?' says Inquirer.net editor-in-chief Abel Ulanday. 'If that’s his decision then we will probably just have to wait for his next move and we’ll just refer it to our lawyers,' he adds.

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

Inquirer.net apologizes to Panelo over story on Sanchez’s executive clemency bid

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Rappler, also the subject of Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo's apology demand, maintains that it need not apologize for a story that is neither libelous nor defamatory

PALACE BRIEFING. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo fields questions at a Palace news briefing

[OPINION] Sal Panelo’s sleight of hand

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:54 PM

What Panelo's letter implies is that the presidential legal counsel finds Antonio Sanchez's clemency request valid, thus the positive action of referring it to the concerned agency for appropriate action

Sanchez family went to Panelo's office thrice

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:18 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo blames 'lax' security when asked how the Sanchezes were able to enter the Malacañang complex so many times

Second day of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-client Ampatuans also reached out to Panelo for help

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says he introduced Ampatuan family members to President Rodrigo Duterte, who supposedly told them they should wait for the court to decide on their case

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows the ring worn by Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Grand Hilton Convention Center Seoul in South Korea on June 3, 2018. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte clears Panelo of wrongdoing in Sanchez executive clemency bid

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:04 PM

''Yung ginawa ni Panelo, it's not his fault na lawyer siya,' President Rodrigo Duterte says during a sudden press conference in Malacañang

PANELO. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte answers queries from members of the media at the Malacañang on June 27, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. File photo by Robinson Niã‘al Jr./Presidential Photo

NUJP: Panelo's threat shows libel laws are weapons, not remedies

Sep 04, 2019 - 2:37 PM

''Balat-sibuyas' is what we Filipinos call officials who are incapable of thinking beyond their imagined hurt and fail to see that the reports are not all about them'

Senators question propriety of Panelo's letter on Sanchez clemency plea

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'You cannot dissociate his personal relationship with the Sanchezes and his being Chief Presidential Legal Counsel,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

'FISCALIZER'. Senator Panfilo Lacson says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo 'has a lot of explaining to do' regarding his letter to the Board of Pardons and Parole on the executive clemency bid of rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez.  File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Panelo to file libel suit vs Inquirer.net, Rappler

Sep 03, 2019 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler slams the presidential spokesman's threat as a 'pure diversionary tactic'

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

Panelo admits meeting Sanchez family in Malacañang

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The convict's former lawyer, who is now spokesperson of President Rodrigo Duterte, does not see anything wrong with it

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

LOOK: Panelo endorsed Sanchez's letter for executive clemency

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:47 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo was Antonio Sanchez's lawyer in the 1993 UPLB rape-slay case

HIGH PROFILE CASES. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo has handled several high profile cases as a lawyer, including convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez. Screenshot from RTVM

Duterte to decide fate of Faeldon, BuCor officials after GCTA law hearings

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:53 AM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says while the hearings are going on, its status quo for Faeldon and the other Bureau of Corrections officials

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang: Gilas Pilipinas should be admired for ‘grit and passion’ vs Italy

Sep 01, 2019 - 11:56 AM

'Verily, it's not always winning that counts; it is how the game is played,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

GRIT AND PASSION. President Rodrigo Duterte wishes the members of the Gilas Pilipinas good luck as he visits their locker room prior to their FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 game at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Guangdong on August 31, 2019. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Malacañang wants released heinous crime convicts jailed again

Aug 30, 2019 - 1:23 PM

'Dapat makabalik sila sa kulungan until they serve the full term of their service,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo of the 1,914 inmates released under the GCTA law

Members of the Gabriela Women's Party rally in front of the Department of Justice in Manila on Friday, August 23, to denounce the inclusion of convicted murderer and rapist and former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez in the possible release from prison along with other inmates due to R.A 10592. Photo by Ben Nabong

Judge who sentenced Antonio Sanchez asks Panelo to resign

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says he has nothing to do with the possible early release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez

ANTONIO SANCHEZ. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Philippines accepts apology of Chinese ship owner

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Philippines welcomes the acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to the owner of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver

Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Vir, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Reed Bank, towards the shore of Brgy. San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang's 'inevitable conclusion': Sanchez disqualified from early release

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says a review of the law 'reveals that it is categorical in excluding recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees, and persons charged with heinous crimes from the benefit of its coverage'

WILL HE STAY IN JAIL? Rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Remember? Salvador Panelo was Antonio Sanchez's lawyer in UPLB rape-slay case

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo counts convicted murderer-rapist Antonio Sanchez as among his former clients

Malacañang on possible Antonio Sanchez release: 'We can't do anything'

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo denies he has anything to do with the possible early release of his former client, Antonio Sanchez, saying the convicted rapist-murderer is 'automatically' among the potential beneficiaries of the law and Supreme Court ruling

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

Panelo gives own definition of 'Duterte': 'Incorruptible, courageous'

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also slams the Urban Dictionary, saying its process leads to 'inaccurate, illegitimate, and defamatory' definitions

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected officers of the League of Cities of the Philippines and Liga ng mga Barangay at the Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo insists Rappler ban justified but doesn't know Rappler's violation

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Malacañang says it has a right to exclude any journalist from President Rodrigo Duterte's events if they are 'rude' and 'disrespectful'

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 an act of friendship,' says Panelo on Chinese ships in Sibutu Strait

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The passage of Chinese warships may be the subject of yet another Philippine diplomatic protest, which critics have said are not working

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

Malacañang: We have to respect LGBTQ+ rights

Aug 15, 2019 - 2:50 PM

But the Palace is vague on whether it would certify as urgent the SOGIE bill pending in Congress

RESIST TOGETHER. Members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community march along the streets of Marikina City on June 29, 2019, to amplify their calls for respect and equality. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Panelo doubts cops' presence in schools will curb Leftist recruitment

Aug 13, 2019 - 3:49 PM

Malacañang also says the proposal of Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to bring back the Anti-Subversion Law 'requires study'

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