President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have endorsed his chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo as a senatorial candidate for the upcoming national elections.
During his regular Monday briefing on the COVID-19 situation, President Duterte praised Panelo for his intelligence and good work ethic.
“If they only know how your mind works, Filipinos will admire you. I admire you. I admire your brain and I appreciate how strict you are with your job,” Duterte said.
As the president called his legal counsel to speak, he addressed the latter as his “favorite candidate for senator.”
Duterte continued, asking Panelo if he had any plans to run for senator. “Tatakbo ka ba? Sabihin mo na para malaman ng tao. Mukha atang tatakbo.” (Are you running? Say it now so that the people will know. It looks like you will run.)
“Siguro lalakad na lang tayo papunta Senado para hindi tayo madapa. Lakad na lang, hindi takbo,” Panelo said. (Mr. President, maybe I will just walk going to the Senate so I won’t trip. I will just walk, not run.)
President Duterte also thanked Panelo for his legal opinions on several issues.
“You are the presidential adviser, legal adviser of the president, and you have given many opinions that I was able to use. By the grace of God, they were all true,” he said in Filipino.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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