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Paasa sa wala! Palace flip-flops on Duterte’s ‘address to nation’

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By Prince Golez

Both President Rodrigo Duterte and the Presidential Communications Operations (PCOO) Office decided to cancel the chief executive’s press conference, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said on Tuesday.

Yesterday, Roque, in a press briefing, said that Duterte will address the nation in a form of press briefing at 3 p.m. today.

About an hour before Duterte’s supposed address to the nation, the PCOO told reporters covering the President that “the PRRD Press Conference is no longer included in today’s activities.”

They also sent the Malacañang Press Corps, through its Viber group, an “updated” schedule, noting that Duterte would instead hold a “tete-a-tete” with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at 3:15 p.m.

“Maybe there was a misunderstanding. I do not know, because what I told you, was he will address the nation,” Roque said in a hastily called press briefing.

“I do not know where it came from it will be a press conference. Yeah, he was going to address the nation in any other way,” he added.

Roque also clarified that the media was not excluded from the close-in coverage since “your questions were collected and will be asked.”

Duterte’s tete-a-tete started at 3:50 p.m. and ended at 5:30 p.m.