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Duterte orders review of UP-Ayala technohub deal

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:34 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who recommended the review, says President Rodrigo Duterte wants the contract carefully studied

UP FOR REVIEW. The Ayala group faces another possible legal battle after Malacañang says it will review its lease contract from the UP-Ayala Land Technohub site. Photo from WikiCommons

Malacañang postpones Duterte's Q and A with Panelo due to 'pressing matters'

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:13 PM

The interview will instead take place on January 28

'TETE-A-TETE.' President Rodrigo Duterte one-on-one with Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is postponed due to 'pressing matters.' Malacañang photo

Malacañang: Albayalde innocent until proven guilty

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:49 PM

'Let the law take its course,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

EX-POLICE CHIEF. Former police chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter affidavit during the preliminary investigation into the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case at the justice department on November 5, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Malacañang: Kuwait OFW deployment ban stays until labor agreement implemented

Jan 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The Philippine government says terms in a 2018 labor agreement with Kuwait must be incorporated in every contract with overseas Filipino workers in the Gulf State

Malacañang defends Phivolcs amid criticism over Taal eruption warnings

Jan 16, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte is satisfied with state volcanologists' response to the ongoing eruption of the Taal Volcano

TAAL ERUPTION. Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr. shows to media the Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division room during a press conference on January 15, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang says 'standby fund' for Middle East evacuation not needed

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Duterte did not follow through with his request for Congress to hold a special session on the Middle East as tension in the region has so far de-escalted

MANDATORY EVACUATION. The Baghdad International Airport, in a file photo taken April 30, 2019. The Philippine government ordered mandatory evacuation for its citizens in Iraq on January 8, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

Panelo hits U.S. senators for ‘bullying’ PH officials with proposed sanctions

Jan 10, 2020 - 5:50 PM

The United States Senate wants further action by passing a resolution that seeks accountability among Philippine officials for human rights violations in the country

'BULLYING.' Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo criticizes United States Senator for measures seeking accountability for human rights violations in the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Duterte signs law increasing government workers' pay

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Salary Standardization Law will see salary schedules of government workers increased in 4 tranches starting 2020 until 2023

SALARY INCREASE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Salary Standardization Law of 2019 at the Malacañang Palace on January 8, 2020. Malacañang photo

'It's a dud': Malacañang dismisses Robredo's findings on drug war

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the Duterte administration will only listen to recommendations of experts who have been involved in the anti-illegal drug campaign 'from the very beginning'

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dismissed Vice President Leni Robredo's findings from her post as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Malacañang photo

Panelo hits U.S. senators for 'absolute ignorance, shameful bias' over De Lima case

Dec 31, 2019 - 7:12 PM

The Presidential Spokesman suggests US senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin 'consult' with the US Ambassador to the Philippines 'before they start blabbering further nonsense'

SPOKESPERSON. In this file photo, Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference in Busan, South Korea on November 24, 2019. Photo by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

PH bars entry of 2 U.S. senators who proposed ban on De Lima accusers

Dec 27, 2019 - 4:12 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also threatens to require US citizens to secure Philippine visas if the ban is enforced

TRAVEL BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to require US citizens to apply for Philippine visas, after the US government issued a ban on Philippine officials invlved in Senator Leila de Lima's unlawful detention. File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential photo

After U.S. ban, Duterte gov’t officials insist De Lima detention lawful

Dec 23, 2019 - 4:53 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano cite the Philippine Supreme Court ruling upholding the opposition senator's detention

'NOT BOTHERED.' Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo brushed aside US sanctions to deny entry to Philippine officials involved in the detention of Senator Leila de Lima. Presidential photo

Malacañang welcomes guilty verdict in Ampatuan massacre

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:53 PM

But the 'narrative on the protection of media workers is far from over,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who was once a lawyer for Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr

GUILTY. Groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.S. senators misled over PH officials ban? De Lima: ‘Nakakatawa naman ito’

Dec 15, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Senator Leila de Lima tells Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo her detention is a 'test case for your boss’ attempt to flex his tyrannical ambitions'

'LAUGHABLE.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No need for Duterte to release his 2018 SALN – Panelo

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:15 PM

But it was the Office of the Ombudsman which told media groups to ask Malacañang for a copy of the President's Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly promoted uniformed personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Philippine Coast Guard at the Malacañan Palace on December 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo falsely claims Makati kidnapping an 'isolated incident'

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Other officials make this claim despite police data showing a rise in kidnappings and a pattern in kidnappings involving Chinese

Panelo downplays critics' 'fervent wish' of Duterte 'arrest' in ICC case

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Meanwhile, detained Senator Leila de Lima welcomes the International Criminal Court's report on the status of the complaint against Duterte over his administration's war on drugs

ICC CASE VS DUTERTE. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo maintains that the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over the complaint filed vs President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang: Morales, Del Rosario tapped 'ineffective process' for propaganda value

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the ICC Prosecutor's conclusion that it has no jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed in the West Philippine Sea by China is in line with the Duterte government's stand

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario arrives in NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City after he was denied to enter Hongkong on June 21, 2019. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/RAPPLER

Malacañang claims SWS slanted survey on foreign Chinese workers

Dec 06, 2019 - 2:13 PM

The Palace also denies any tension caused by the influx of workers from China even if lawmakers and President Duterte's own advisers have expressed concern about it

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference at the Sunset Business Hotel in Busan, South Korea on November 24, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang: SEA Games critics have a point

Nov 28, 2019 - 10:53 AM

(UPDATED) The Palace announces it will conduct its own probe into the logistical mishaps dogging the regional sporting event

Workers walk past ASEAN members' flags next to the Aquatic centre in New Clark City, in Capas town, Tarlac province north of Manila on November 26, 2019, days ahead of the opening ceremony of SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games). (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

FACT CHECK: Malacañang’s spin on Robredo’s ‘failures’ as anti-drug czar

Nov 26, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The Palace accuses Vice President Leni Robredo of failing to present a new anti-drugs plan, failing to visit communities affected by illegal drugs, and 'baiting' international groups to probe the drug war. Do the claims hold water?

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference at the Sunset Business Hotel in Busan, South Korea on November 24, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo denies Robredo firing an attempt to distract from SEA Games mess

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros calls it 'laughable' that Vice President Leni Robredo got fired from her anti-drug post first, instead of officials who are behind the 'embarrassing handling of the SEA Games'

CABINET DAYS. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo chat at the 5th Cabinet meeting of the Duterte administration on August 22, 2016. Presidential Photo

Trust not needed for Robredo to work as ICAD co-chair – Panelo

Nov 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the only qualities Vice President Robredo needs to fulfil her mandate are 'competence and creativity'

NO TRUST. Vice President Leni Robredo met with representatives of church groups and Laiko on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, to discuss various initiatives that can be undertaken in relation to the country's campaign against illegal drugs. Photo by OVP

Least trusted? Malacañang says China can be PH 'role model'

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also believes Filipinos will 'eventually' appreciate China – despite its aggressive tactics in the West Philippine Sea

LEADERS, FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after anl expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacañang photo

Robredo lost Cabinet post due to request for drug war docs, intel – Panelo

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) After initially saying Vice President Leni Robredo would be given access to drug war documents, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo now claims this could 'imperil' national security

LIMITED ACCESS? Vice President Leni Robredo leads the meeting of the government's Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs held at the Quezon City Reception House on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo by OVP

Malacañang says gov't can collect taxes from POGOs

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says 'technicalities' will not stop the Duterte administration from collecting what is owed the Philippine government

TAXING POGOs. Malacañang says the Philippine government will not be stopped from taxing Philippine offshore gaming operations. Photo by Rappler

Malacañang backtracks, says Robredo's ICAD post not part of Cabinet

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The latest statement is a departure from President Rodrigo Duterte's previous promise to make Robredo a Cabinet member

OUT OF CABINET. Malacañang says Vice President Leni Robredo's post as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs does not make her part of the Cabinet.  Photo by OVP

Malacañang says no order to suspend rice importation

Nov 18, 2019 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo deny that President Rodrigo Duterte gave an order to stop the importation of rice

FARMERS IN NEED. Local farmers had opposed the rice tariffication bill, fearing it would flood the market with cheaper rice from abroad and would result the death of the livelihood and welfare of 2.4 million rice farmers and more farm workers. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang says emergency powers for Build, Build, Build too late, not priority

Nov 16, 2019 - 7:04 PM

'We only have less than 3 years left in office,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Robredo on the right track in anti-drug campaign, says Malacañang

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:07 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Vice President Leni Robredo has been taking steps in the right direction in her first week as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs

PALACE SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo fields questions from reporters in a news briefing at the New Executive Building

Robredo can scrap Oplan Tokhang – Panelo

Nov 11, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'It is a yes, if she wants it,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, when asked if the Vice President will have the power to stop the controversial Tokhang operations

Alleged drug addicts and pushers file through to undergo drug tests following their surrender to authorities at Camp Karingal police station in Manila on June 22, 2016. - Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines expressed alarm June 20 at a sharp rise in police killings of suspected criminals since the election of a firebrand president who has vowed a bloody war on crime. Their condemnation flies in the face of Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's call to police and even civilians to kill drug criminals. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

Duterte still undecided over next PNP chief

Nov 10, 2019 - 4:03 PM

It has been nearly a month since Philippine National Police General Oscar Albayalde quit as the country's top cop over a drug-related scandal

UNDECIDED. President Rodrigo Duterte discusses matters with Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo before the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on November 6, 2019. Presidential photo

Malacañang to provide compensation for hog raisers affected by ASF

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also approves of a plan to use cold storage areas in ports around the country to monitor the entry of meat products

Barangay volunteers hauled part of the hundreds culled hogs infected with African swine fever at a piggery in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon city on October 3, 2019. The area is among the five barangays in the Quezon City reportedly hit by the ASF. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo to get access to drug war documents, intel – Panelo

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Yet there's little Malacañang can say about how much power Vice President Leni Robredo will really have, saying she still needs to clear things up with President Rodrigo Duterte

Vice President Leni Robredo attended a Mass held at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, Quezon City, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Mass, held for fair and peaceful elections, was attended by some of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates and their supporters. (Photo by OVP)

Gov't neglecting duty to defend PH territory – maritime expert

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says not calling out China's latest harassment 'is tantamount to a public surrender of Philippine interest in Scarborough Shoal'

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. This broader ECDIS map image shows Scarborough Shoal adjacent to the western tip of Luzon. The red line represents the general direction of the Green Aura's course as it heads from Thailand to China on its voyage from September 26 to October 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Locsin refuses to call out China ship harassment in West Philippine Sea

Nov 04, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

This photo from the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) of the oil tanker Green Aura indicates the presence of Chinese vessels near Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Maritime expert hits Panelo for downplaying China ship harassment

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:10 AM

'It's like a person not caring that his house is being managed by someone else who claims to be the owner,' says expert Jay Batongbacal in response to Malacañang

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference for the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) at the Impact Challenger in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 3, 2019. AVITO DALAN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo: Harassment of Filipino-crewed ship 'not our concern'

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:20 PM

'It's not a Philippine vessel,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, when asked about the incident involving a Filipino-crewed commercial ship and a 'Chinese warship'

FILIPINO CREW. Ship captain Manolo Ebora (left) speaks to the crew of a 'Chinese warship' on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura near Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

[OPINYON] Bisayang dako? Mas angay pa'ng talawang dako!

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Labaw pa niani, saksi na sab sila sa imong kahadlok sa mga kusganong babaye...Pastilan, maski ang mga Barretto di nimo kayang ipag-uli, inay gasagpaay sa imong atubangan ug way kay nabuhat?

Water shortage may prompt 'drastic' action from Duterte vs Manila Water, Maynilad

Oct 28, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Malacañang also denies that the water shortage, the second in 2019, is being used to push for the Kaliwa Dam project signed with China

The militant women’s group Gabriela hold a protest rally outside the MWSS in Balara, Quezon City on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, to condemn water concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad implement rotational water interruption in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang condemns Misamis Occidental mayor's ambush

Oct 27, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Whether or not Mayor David Navarro was involved in illegal drugs, he should have been afforded due process and not killed, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

AMBUSHED. Clarin mayor David Navarro from Misamis Occidental was shot dead by still unidentified persons while he is being transported to the Cebu City prosecutor's office for inquest proceedings in M. Velez Street on October 25, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

One year of Panelo, the showbiz spokesman

Oct 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Count on Salvador Panelo to whip out every trick up his sleeve to defend the President. But who defends Panelo when he faces the specter of delicadeza?

Harassment against U.P. Visayas Skimmers a 'natural reaction' – Panelo

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Malacañang finds acceptable the threats and cyberbullying of students behind the viral cheer routine critical of President Rodrigo Duterte

Malacañang photo

Scooter driver takes on Panelo's commute challenge to show poor road conditions

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:49 PM

29-year-old Jaime Limpo shares that bike lanes in some Metro Manila cities aren't protected, threatening the lives of cyclists and riders

Photos from Jaime Limpo

[OPINION] Our undeniable transportation crisis

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'Heroic' commuters are prone to imagining moving abroad, where there is higher quality of life, and you can't blame them

WATCH: Panelo serenades real estate executives

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo breaks the norm and breaks into song during a typically stiff business forum

Gordon hits Panelo: Why act as 'spokesman of Albayalde'?

Oct 16, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is 'being disrespectful' by commenting on the Senate probe into 'ninja cops'

OUT SOON. Senator Richard Gordon says that the committee report on the GCTA mess will be released soon. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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