Panelo to be Duterte's next spokesman

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Nation - (Pia Ranada, Rap­pler.com)

MANILA – Chief Pres­i­den­tial Le­gal Coun­sel Sal­vador Panelo will for­mally speak for Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, re­plac­ing Harry Roque who is mulling run­ning in 2019.

Pres­i­den­tial aide Bong Go con­firmed this two days af­ter Duterte had an­nounced he wanted Panelo to take over Roque's func­tions as his pres­i­den­tial spokesman "in a tem­po­rary or in added func­tion."

"Tu­tal tiga-an­nounce man lang 'yan si Sal Panelo. With all sar­to­rial ele­gance, me­dyo ma­g­a­nda sig­uro tingnan," Duterte had said, re­fer­ring to Panelo's flam­boy­ant sense of style. (Any­way, he will just make an­nounce­ments, Sal Panelo. With all the sar­to­rial ele­gance, it will look good.)

Thus, Panelo will be both spokesman and chief pres­i­den­tial le­gal coun­sel while Duterte looks for an­other ap­pointee for the post that Panelo will va­cate.

On Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 9, Duterte had also said Panelo would be­come Press Sec­re­tary, a post the Pres­i­dent had orig­i­nally in­tended for Roque.

But Roque has been un­clear about his 2019 plans. He has not yet re­signed from his post as pres­i­den­tial spokesman as of this writ­ing. Cur­rently in China for a con­fer­ence, he has told re­porters he would still send of­fi­cial state­ments while he is on leave. He is set to re­turn on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15.

(Mala­cañang file photo)

Chief Pres­i­den­tial Le­gal Coun­sel Sal­vador Panelo will soon for­mally speak for Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte as his spokesman.

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