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Ansabe ni Panelo, Abella? Duterte confirms he gave DILG post to Martin Diño

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Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo and Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella are apparently out of President Rodrigo Duterte’s loop.

President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed the appointment of Martin Diño Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs of the Department of Interior and Local Government a day after Panelo and Abella emphatically denied that the president has given Dino a post.

In a television interview Thursday, Duterte said he was forced to remove Diño as chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to settle the confusion between him and SBMA Administrator Wilma Eisma.

“Kailangan i-fuse ko position niya at position ng administrator kasi there’s bickering. I have to explain it was not really the fault of Diño and neither of the administrator. But in the name of public interest, for the cohesive office, finuse ko, pinagdikit ko nang isa,” said Duterte.

“But I offered him the undersecretary yun talaga sanay siya. Barangay captain, dito ka, yun lang. wala namang issue diyan,” he added.

Diño claimed that Duterte offered the DILG post a month ago in the presence of Secretary Bong Go and Executive Secretary Salvado Medialdea.

Duterte owed a big debt of gratitude to Diño who was the presidential candidate of the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan until he was subbed by Duterte after the deadline.