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Panelo rejects Inquirer.net’s ‘unacceptable’ apology

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By Prince Golez

“The apology as worded is unacceptable.”

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo had this to day on Friday after Inquirer.net issued an apology for reporting on its social media platform that he recommended that rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez be processed for executive clemency.

“The apology prefaced it with an alleged clarification from me of what I meant in referring the letter of the daughter of Sanchez,” Panelo said Friday.

The chief presidential legal counsel said he was not clarifying but was telling the news website that “it maliciously gave a wrong meaning and adverse imputation of the performance of an act which I never did therefore besmirching my character and reputation in the process.”

He added: “I educated it on the meaning of referral against recommendation and endorsement as against indorsement, and thereafter demanded a public apology from it.”

In a statement issued early today, Inquirer.net said it posted Panelo’s clarification after he issued a statement on the matter.

“The updated reports stated that he merely referred the request of Sanchez’s family to (Bureau of Pardons of Parole executive director Reynaldo) Bayang,” the online platform of the Philippine Daily Inquirer added.

Panelo had earlier threatened to file libel charges against Inquirer.net and Rappler if they failed to issue a public apology.

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