Duterte scout­ing for new spokesman

The Freeman - - NATION -

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte ad­mit­ted that he is look­ing for a new spokesper­son who will re­place Sal­vador Panelo and he prefers some­one from the me­dia.

In an in­ter­view with re­porters Thurs­day night, Duterte re­vealed that Panelo, who is also the chief pres­i­den­tial le­gal coun­sel, will not be his per­ma­nent mouth­piece.

“I don’t think he (Panelo) will tran­si­tion him­self to a spokesman. Maybe in the mean­time that I’m con­sid­er­ing other names,” the pres­i­dent said.

Duterte said he wanted his po­ten­tial spokesper­son to be some­one from the me­dia.

“I am scout­ing for… prefer­ably from the me­dia com­mu­nity. Sanay eh. They would know how to re­spond to ques­tions,” he said.

Panelo re­placed Harry Roque Jr. as the pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son af­ter the lat­ter de­cided to run in the 2019 midterm polls.

In 2016, Panelo served as Duterte’s spokesper­son be­fore he was re­placed by for­mer pas­tor Ernesto Abella.

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