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No to Panelo or Andanar: Duterte looking for new Press Secretary

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President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t appear to be satisfied with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo’s performance as his spokesperson.

Duterte on Thursday (November 8) said he is searching for a new Press Secretary.

“No, I don’t think he will transition himself to a spokesman,” he said when asked if Panelo will serve as his spokesperson on a permanent basis.

“Maybe in the meantime that I’m considering other names,” he added.

Duterte did not mention any names he was considering for Press Secretary, but said his new spokesperson should “preferably” come from the media’s ranks.

Interestingly, the President did not mention as among his choices Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who used to be a news anchor for TV5 before joining the government.

Panelo has concurrently holding the positions of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson since Harry Roque filed his certificate of candidacy to run for senator.