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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

Malacañang 'won't interfere' in court decision on De Lima's furlough request

Aug 12, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The Office of the President leaves matters to the Department of Justice which has said it will not object to Senator Leila de Lima's request to see her ailing mother

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte meant cops can accept gifts of 'insignificant value' – Panelo

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'The giving of the gift is simply an appreciation by a thankful community for a job well done performed by the law enforcers,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine National Anthem during the 118th Police Service Anniversary at Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame in Quezon City on August 9, 2019. With the President are Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang will ‘not allow nor tolerate’ abuse vs foreign nationals

Aug 11, 2019 - 2:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders a probe into the death of a Chinese national who was allegedly abused by his Chinese employer

PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte orders an investigation on the death of a Chinese national allegedly abused by his Chinese employer. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Malacañang won't allow abuses vs Chinese workers

Aug 08, 2019 - 2:23 PM

The Palace wants Pagcor to explain its plan to put Chinese POGO workers in self-contained hubs before it comments

Philippine military warns on Chinese investment in key islands

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Military spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the government should study the security implications of handing over the islands to foreign entities

CHIQUITA ISLAND. Military spokesman Brigadier-General Edgard Arevalo says the government should study the security implications of handing over the 3 islands to foreign entities. File photo from Wikipedia

Panelo hits New York Times editorial vs Duterte as 'false information'

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo accuses the New York Times of relying on 'false facts...peddled by communist rebels...as well as the political opposition'

'FALSE INFORMATION.' Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo accuses the New York Times of spreading 'false information' after it criticized President Rodrigo Duterte in an editorial. Screenshot from RVTM

No one to blame for vetoed anti-endo bill, says Malacañang

Aug 01, 2019 - 4:08 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo also calls the presidential veto a 'good thing' as it showed where President Duterte stood on the measure – even if the Chief Executive himself had previously certified the very same bill as urgent

Members of the Akbayan Partylist group assemble at the Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City to press for and end to Endo at demand for security of tenure for workers and pass legislation for a 105 days of expanded maternity leave for working mothers on Labor Day, May 1, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte 'can declare martial law' in Negros to stop violence, says Panelo

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte would 'certainly' make the declaration if recommended by security officials, but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says there is no need for it at this time

NEGROS KILLINGS. Church and rights groups join the families of the victims of the killings in Negros Island in an indignation rally on July 27, 2019, in Quezon City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Malacañang open to return of Dengvaxia amid dengue alert

Aug 01, 2019 - 9:39 AM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Duterte government will consider the controversial vaccine if experts attest it is safe to use

Health secretary Francisco Duque III visits Dengue patients inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019, after the DOH declared a national Dengue alert following the rapid rise in cases in some provinces. Photo by Ben Nabong /Rappler

No need for written order on PCSO games shutdown – Panelo

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'If it's legal, you don't have to put down in writing,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

NCRPO Regional Director Guillermo Eleazar along with QCPD Station 10 police closes down a lotto outlet along Edsa and Kamuning, Quezon City on July 27, 2019, after President Duterte declared the Lotto, STL and other online games under the PCSO as illegal. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Filipinos dependent on PCSO medical aid can turn to Pagcor, DSWD – Panelo

Jul 30, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo downplays the plight of poor Filipinos who depend on PCSO medical subsidies, expressing confidence that they are 'creative' enough to weather trials since they are 'used to harship'

Health secretary Francisco Duque III visits Dengue patients inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019, after the DOH declared a national Dengue alert following the rapid rise in cases in some provinces. Photo by Ben Nabong /Rappler

Panelo on displaced PCSO lotto workers: 'I'm sure they're not that poor'

Jul 30, 2019 - 2:09 PM

'Do not underestimate the human spirit of Filipinos. 'Pag may dumadating na storm or anumang sakuna, or anong bagsak sa ating buhay, nakakaahon naman tayo,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo of the displaced workers

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: 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