Panelo takes over as Duterte spokesman to replace Roque ‘immediately
Salvador Panelo assumed the role of President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman on Friday even as his predecessor
, Harry Roque has yet to formally quit the post.
In his first press briefing as Presidential Spokesperson, Panelo read an October 11 memorandum formalizing his appointment.
“In compliance with the instructions of the President and to ensure the continuous and effective delivery of public service, you are
hereby designated Presidential Spokesperson effective immediately,” Panelo read. The document was signed by Executive Secretary
Salvador Medialdea, who was designated officer in charge while Duterte was on a visit to Bali, Indonesia for the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations leaders’ gathering.
Panelo said he has “no personal knowledge” on whether Roque has formally resigned.
“He really wants to be senator, that’s what I know,” Panelo said, adding that Roque had asked him for a meeting on October 15.
Panelo’s appointment broke out
Roque is on leave for a conference in China. He told reporters on Thursday morning that he has not resigned. When news about Panelo’s
appointment broke out, Roque said he would “defer any comment until Monday,” his scheduled return to work.
Roque is on leave for a gathering in China. He told journalists on Thursday morning that he has not surrendered. At the point when news about
Panelo’s arrangement bankrupt out, Roque said he would “concede any remark until Monday,” his planned come back to work.
Roque prior said he thinking about leaving after he left “in obscurity” about the President’s healing facility visit last October 3. This likewise comes
after Duterte disheartened him from running for the Senate, saying he would not win, and offered him a situation as Press Secretary. Roque said he was all the while conversing with the President about his choices.
Yet, Duterte on October 9 said he “quickly” searched for Roque’s substitution when the last debilitated to leave.
Panelo, in the interim, is heading the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson simultaneous to his other activity as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel. Duterte said this would be an impermanent setup.