Panelo to replace Roque as new Palace spox

FILE PHOTO: Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo | PVI/Cerilo Ebrano

 

MANILA, Philippines — Special Assistant to the President Bong Go confirmed that Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo will be the next presidential spokesperson.

His new position as Palace mouthpiece is concurrent with his current role as top legal counsel of the President.

Panelo himself confirmed this new development.

“Actually wala namang pagbabago, kasi day one of the presidential campaign of the president, I was already his spokesperson, and day one when he assumed the presidency I was also his spokesperson…the only difference I think would be, I would be more visible this time,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte previously mentioned that he is considering Panelo for press secretary after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced his plan to resign in a bid for a Senate seat in the 2019 midterm elections. — Rosalie Coz

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