Palace hands off on Locsin’s issue with media, Valles: Hindi na natin papasukin yun
By Prince Golez
Malacañang has distanced itself from Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr.’s verbal attacks on members of the press and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Romulo Valles.
“That’s between the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and to those subject of his criticism. Hindi na natin papasukin yun,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told DZIQ Sunday.
Panelo said they must have done something to provoke Locsin.
“Unang-una, ang isang government official, hindi naman magre-react kung walang basis ng kanyang reaction. There must be something that triggered the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) Secretary to say the things that he said,” the chief presidential legal counsel explained.
Panelo also thumbed down the idea of advising the secretary to watch his language.
“DFA Secretary Locsin is a man of substance. He is professional and he knows what he is doing,” he said.
To recall, Locsin sent expletive to Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter Jhesset Enano after she reported the absence of President Rodrigo Duterte at the last event of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Thailand. He also cursed at Philippine Star reporter Marc Jayson Cayabyab for tweeting provision of the Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials.
Last November 14, the DFA chief called Valles a “moron in a white Mu-Mu” in a Twitter post after the latter called for prayers for Vice President Leni Robredo.