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Duterte mocks Panelo’s fashion sense: ‘He is the epitome of sartorial confusion’

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By Prince Golez

Speaking before the Filipino community in Russia on Saturday, President Rodrigo Duterte took notice of his spokesman’s fashion eccentricity.

Duterte expressed confusion about Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s distinct sense of style.

“Ang Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson at isang model sa rampa ng mga lalaki, Salvador Panelo,” the President said, eliciting applause from the crowd.

Panelo, he added, was initially prohibited from entering the Palace for wearing a maong pants.

“Kita mo. He is the epitome of sartorial confusion. Kasi minsan hindi ko maintindihan… Ang problema ito si Panelo eh [modo?] — talagang. Eh, the vogue of the moment is ‘yung mga butas-butas na maong. Tapos naka-boots ng… Ayan naka-boots. Wala namang dala-dalang kabayo,” according to him.

“Hindi siya pinapasok nung bago pa kami. ‘Hindi ka pwedeng pumasok’, sabi kasi naka-maong. ‘Mas mahal pa ito sa…’ Sabi ng guwardiya, ‘walang maong’. Pero sabi ko na, ‘Sir papasukin mo na. Hayaan mo ‘yan kasi artista talaga ‘yan’,” said Duterte.

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