Panelo’s ap­point­ment as pres­i­den­tial spokesman ‘just tem­po­rary’

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

CHIEF Pres­i­den­tial Le­gal Coun­sel Sal­vador Panelo as­sum­ing the con­cur­rent po­si­tion of pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son was merely tem­po­rary, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte said on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 8.

Speak­ing to re­porters in Ak­lan, the Pres­i­dent ad­mit­ted that he wanted some­one from the “me­dia com­mu­nity” to be his next spokesper­son.

He said a pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son should be some­one who knows “how to re­spond” to me­dia queries.

“I don’t think he (Panelo) can po­si­tion him­self to a spokesman. Maybe in the mean­time, but I’m con­sid­er­ing other names,” Duterte said.

“I’m scout­ing for, prefer­ably one from me­dia com­mu­nity. Sanay eh. Sanay mag... (Me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers are skilled). You would know how to re­spond to ques­tions,” he added.

Panelo was merely ap­pointed as pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son through a mem­o­ran­dum and not through an ap­point­ment pa­per.

In a mem­o­ran­dum dated Oc­to­ber 12 and inked by Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Sal­vador Me­di­aldea, Panelo was ap­pointed as pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son “ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately,” re­plac­ing Harry Roque Jr. who re­signed from post to pur­sue sen­a­to­rial bid in the 2019 midterm elec­tions. (Sun­Star Philip­pines)

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