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Adios Roque! Duterte picks Panelo as new spokesman

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By Prince Golez

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo is expected to replace Harry Roque Jr. as presidential spokesperson, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Tuesday.

Duterte said he was confused about Roque’s plans for the 2019 polls.

“Sabi niya hindi siya tatakbo tapos tatakbo siya. Tapos ngayon naman hindi. Ang problema ko sa totoo lang, kay may na-target na rin ako to take his place,” the President said in an interview with members of the Malacañang Press Corps.

“I did my homework very fast. Nung sabi niya na hindi siya tatakbo — takbo. Namili na kaagad ako ng ano — ng… Siguro I’ll assign in temporary or in added function. Tutal tiga-assign man lang ‘yan si Sal Panelo. With all sartorial elegance, medyo maganda siguro tingnan,” he added.

Duterte also hinted at reestablishing the Office of Press Secretary to replace the current Presidential Communications Operations Office.

“I’m going to but if — I’m going to reorganize Press Secretary. Kanya (Panelo) lahat,” the chief executive said.

“If he — tingnan muna natin. Kung makakuha ako ng Presidential Legal Counsel then if he likes the job,” he added.