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Rant session? Netizens dismayed by Duterte's Q and A with Panelo

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Netizens express their frustration over the téte-a-téte

Duterte's Q and A with Panelo a 'wasted opportunity' – Robredo

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she was expecting President Rodrigo Duterte to finally explain the government's plans to address soaring inflation and the rice crisis

'WASTED OPPORTUNITY.' Vice President Leni Robredo reacts to President Rodrigo Duterte's one-on-one interview with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo. File photo by OVP

SUMMARY: What Duterte said during Q and A with Panelo

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:28 PM

Rappler summarizes what President Rodrigo Duterte spoke about in his long interview with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

LIST: False claims of Duterte, Panelo about legal issues on Trillanes amnesty

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:40 PM

President Duterte holds a one-and-a-half-hour tête-à-tête with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, and rants against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

LEGAL CLAIMS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo make false claims about the issue of the Trillanes amnesty during their tête-à -tête on September 11, 2018. Screenshot from PTV4

Malacañang cancels Duterte's press conference

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) Instead of a press conference, President Rodrigo Duterte will have a 'tete-a-tete' with Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo: State protecting itself from 'political offender'

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Trillanes' amnesty can be revoked because President Duterte has the right to protect the state 'from assault coming from whatever source,' says Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo during the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

International Criminal Court issue will mark Duterte presidency

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:54 PM

‘He made his drug war a central point. How he handles the many deaths being committed around it will mark his presidency,’ says an international human rights lawyer

Panelo says 'simple' to get drug war reports via FOI. It's not.

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) Even the Supreme Court could not automatically get the drug war documents. Solicitor General Jose Calida said it is a risk to national security.

DRUG WAR REPORTS. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says it is "simple" to obtain drug war reports through the Freedom of Information (FOI). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

'Stupid' God? Panelo says Duterte has shown highest levels of 'spirituality'

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo likens President Rodrigo Duterte to an 'academician' weighing in on the 'logic' behind the Bible's creation story

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo during the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

John Oliver pokes fun at Duterte's kiss, calls it 'grotesque'

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:38 AM

'Fan or not, she repeatedly pulled away from him. Sometimes women just don't want to kiss you,' says the English political commentator on his HBO show.

Panelo: Duterte's kiss with OFW like kissing grandchild, baby

Jun 06, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'That's nothing,' says Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo

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

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, March 19-25, 2018

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:02 PM

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Panelo grilled on withdrawal from International Criminal Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Panelo claims President Duterte 'doesn't have to consult' anyone about this because he 'is the chief architect of foreign policy'

ICC CONTROVERSY. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo is grilled by lawyer Emerlynne Gil about President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to withdraw the Philippines from the International Criminal Court. Screenshot from Rappler video

WATCH: Forum on the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:48 AM

Watch the forum live on Rappler

Who did Duterte consult on his long ICC statement?

Mar 15, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Critical officials in Malacañang are caught unawares by the release of Duterte's 15-page and 3-page press statements declaring withdrawal from the ICC

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Carandang case: Impeachment for Morales or Duterte?

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'If Duterte acts contrary to the law in the Carandang case, he is violating his oath of office and culpably violating the Constitution,' says legal expert Tony La Viña

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Feb 01, 2018 - 12:38 PM

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Ombudsman Morales' defiance opens her to sanctions – Panelo

Jan 31, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Until a court declares President Rodrigo Duterte's order as a violation of the Constitution, this is 'presumed to be valid and legal,' says Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo during the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Majority of voters illiterate,' need education on Cha-Cha – Panelo

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:23 AM

It's crucial for Filipino voters to be educated on Charter change since they have the final say on proposals to amend the 1987 Constitution, says Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo

CHARTER CHANGE. Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo attends the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Marcos compromise deal, Happiest country, Trump on Kim | Midday wRap

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:50 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 2, 2018

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:48 AM

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FIRECRACKER INJURY. One of 12 patients treated at the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Hospital  in Sta. Cruz, Manila, due tofirecracker-related injuries on January 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No compromise deal with Marcoses yet, Malacañang says

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:01 PM

Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo says the response to lawyer Oliver Lozano regarding a draft document on the matter is only a matter of courtesy

NO DEAL YET. Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says the draft compromise deal with the Marcoses circulating in social media is a mere submission from lawyer Oliver Lozano.

NUJP calls out Duterte’s legal counsel for ‘lechery and misogyny’

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:30 AM

In an interview with journalists Karin Wenger and Ana Santos, Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says he is ‘better in bed’ and that ‘I fuck like an 18-year old’

CHIEF PRESIDENTIAL COUNSEL. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines calls out Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo for a lewd joke during a media interview. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Panelo to challenge Duterte probe before Supreme Court

Oct 06, 2017 - 4:17 PM

(UPDATED) Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo stresses 'the doctrine of immunity of a sitting president,' as the Ombudsman investigates the Duterte family's wealth

OMBUDSMAN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for the impeachment of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales as he faces an Ombudsman probe into his family's wealth. Malacañang file photo

Panelo hits Ombudsman exec for 'disclosing' Duterte bank records

Sep 28, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo warns Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang that this could mean administrative sanctions

DEFENDING DUTERTE.  Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo defends Duterte from allegations of hidden wealth. Malacañang file photo

Panelo on Trillanes' challenge to Duterte: Previous 'waiver' still valid

Sep 11, 2017 - 5:25 PM

But the Special Power of Attorney signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May 2016 does not explicitly allow banks to reveal the transaction history of his accounts

Robredo against CHR abolition

Jul 28, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Kung i a abolish iyong CHR parang lalo nating hindi binibigyan ng proteksyon iyong mga dati nang naghihirap sa ating lipunan says the Vice President

CHR ABOLITION. Vice President Leni Robredo opposes President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to abolish the Commission on Human Rights. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

CHR chairman should resign – Panelo

Jul 27, 2017 - 4:22 PM

UPDATED Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says Commission on Human Rights chief Chito Gascon is not functioning as an objective chairman

Panelo: No constitutional limit to number of martial law declarations

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:00 PM

If the President lifts martial law one week prior to the expiration and then suddenly there is another rebellion are you saying he cannot declare martial law again? He can says Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo in response to the criticism of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Drilon hits Panelo: Only Congress can extend martial law

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Huwag naman sana nating lokohin ang taumbayan Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon tells Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo who said Duterte can just declare martial law again if Proclamation No 216 is not extended

UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo's advise for a another declaration of martial law is 'unconstitutional.'

Duterte 'not sick': Palace releases photos, denies rumors

Jun 15, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go releases two photos of Duterte to dispel doubts while Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa both say Duterte is fine

Photo courtesy of SAP Bong Go

Hang in public ASG supporter Nobleza? Duterte can't do that

Jun 05, 2017 - 6:05 PM

The President s threat is mere hyperbole to dramatize his public statements says Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

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Can Duterte use martial law for drug war?

Jun 05, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Crimes other than rebellion or invasion cannot be basis for martial law says a lawyer But Duterte s chief legal counsel says drug syndicates funding terror groups can be targets of martial law

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Martial law Duterte's call, not security officials' – Panelo

May 30, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo responds to reports that the defense establishment did not recommend martial law to the commander in chief

Joining the cabinet meeting are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Solicitor General Jose Calida, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Acting Interior and Local Government Secretary Catalino Cuy, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, Philipine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go among others. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

New York Times editorial calls Duterte 'man who must be stopped'

Apr 26, 2017 - 11:27 PM

If the International Criminal Court starts an investigation in allegations of mass killing against Philippine Presidentn Duterte it would encourage governments to take measures against him such as imposing tariffs on Philippine goods

DUTERTE. This file photo taken on October 16, 2016 shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he gestures delivering his speech prior to departing for a visit to Brunei and China at Davao airport. File photo by Manman Dejeto/ AFP

Panelo: No need to inform DFA of Benham Rise deal

Mar 18, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo says it is enough if the President knew the agreement with China on Benham Rise

BENHAM RISE. Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte did not need to inform the Department of Foreign Affairs about his agreement with China on Benham Rise. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Benham Rise, Lorenzana, Mighty Corp | Evening wRap

Mar 10, 2017 - 9:22 PM

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Mighty Corp owners not yet off the hook – Panelo

Mar 10, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says Duterte is aware of the requirements the Wongchukings case must fulfill before they can be eligible for a compromise with the government

MIGHTY. Mighty Corporation president Alex Wongchuking arrives with former NBI deputy director Reynaldo Esmeralda at the NBI headquarters on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mighty Corp denies bribe try on Duterte

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The cigarette company says it has no connection to that bribe incident that occurred several years back

'CASH GIFT.' President Rodrigo Duterte answers questions of media about the supposed bribery attempt after a Palace event on March 7, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Panelo backs mass strip search at Cebu prison

Mar 04, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says the operation itself is justifiable but the photos of the naked prisoners should not have been released as this violated their right to privacy

NAKED PRISONERS. This handout from the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) taken on February 28, 2017 and released on March 2, 2017 shows naked inmates at the Cebu city jail sitting during a joint raid by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Cebu Police provincial office on illegal drugs and contrabands. Photo by Merlie Dacunos/Â Cebu Provincial Police Office / AFP

Palace: Arrest order vs De Lima 'major step forward' in drug war

Feb 23, 2017 - 7:52 PM

The arrest of an incumbent senator demonstrates the President s strong resolve to fight pushers peddlers and their protectors says Malacañang

PALACE REACTS. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella holds a press conference at the Palace. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Napoles, Aguirre, Trump | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2017 - 8:06 PM

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Soft on Napoles? Duterte gov't just upholding 'rule of law'

Feb 15, 2017 - 3:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s chief legal counsel says no favors are being granted to the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind

Ombudsman, Panelo, Flynn | Midday wRap

Feb 15, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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Panelo: Cabinet trying to 'protect' Lopez from mining companies

Feb 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III is just very protective of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

BACKING GINA. President Rodrigo Duterte and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez attend a meeting in Cebu on January 25, 2017. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Panelo to relay Duterte apology in South Korea

Jan 31, 2017 - 7:09 PM

After meeting the widow of Jee Ick Joo Duterte announces he has asked chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo to relay his apology to the South Korean government

A PRESIDENT'S APOLOGY. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Choi Kyung-Jin, wife of the late Jee Ick Joo, during a meeting at the Palace on January 30, 2017. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

Media 'misreported' Duterte's martial law remarks – Palace

Jan 15, 2017 - 9:25 PM

2ND UPDATE We consider this kind of reportage as the height of journalistic irresponsibility says Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

COMMUNICATING DUTERTE. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar leads the FOI Roadshow at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

IN PHOTOS: Duterte visits wake of Panelo's son, cop killed in anti-drug war

Jan 07, 2017 - 4:15 PM

The President goes from Cavite to Quezon City to visit the wake of his chief legal counsel s son and that of a policeman who dies implementing Duterte s anti drug campaign

CONDOLENCE. President Rodrigo Duterte condoles with Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at his son's wake in Quezon City on January 6, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Son of chief counsel Panelo dies

Jan 06, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Carlo Panelo son of Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo was 27

DUTERTE'S LAWYER. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo visits the wake of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Duterte not impeachable for protecting Leyte cops – Panelo

Dec 08, 2016 - 10:39 AM

UPDATED The President s chief counsel says the NBI findings are not enough to prove that the police team murdered Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

DUTERTE'S PROTECTION. Can President Duterte be impeached for vowing to keep out of jail the 24 cops involved in Rolando Espinosa Sr's death? Photo from Presidential Photographers Division