NEW SPOKESMAN | Panelo to be more visible after confirming he’ll replace Roque

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OCTOBER 11, 2018 – Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo confirmed Thursday that he will be the next spokesperson of President Rodrigo Duterte, replacing Secretary Harry Roque.

Panelo said he will be more active now compared to when he was serving as President’s legal adviser.

“Wala namang pagbabago, the only difference I think would be… I would be more visible this time. Kasi as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, I was really speaking for the President on matters of national sensitive issues that require my articulation of thoughts and ideas of the President,” Panelo said in a video interview sent to Palace reporters.

Panelo served as Duterte’s lawyer and spokesperson when he was still a presidential candidate.

Last Tuesday, Duterte also revealed that he is planning to install Panelo as Press Secretary.

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Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denied speculations that he has resigned from his post.

Roque is reportedly eyeing a senate seat in 2019 but said he has not yet made any decision on the matter.