By Prince Golez
Malacanang on Friday urged former senator and newspaper columnist Francisco “Kit” Tatad to “verify” information first before making any statements against President Rodrigo Dutete.
Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark in response to the claim of Tatad, in his Manila Times column dated February 11, 2019, citing two anonymous sources, that Duterte underwent successful kidney transplant last January 29.
“Ang message ko kay Tatad, ‘Noy bago ka magpaluwas kaya ning column mo, mag verify ka muna kasi’. Verify. Can you imagine you are saying may kidney transplant, nanunood pala sa Megamall kay Bato (Dela Rosa),” Panelo said in a media briefing.
“Your days are over as spokesman of former President (Ferdinand) Marcos. Igalang natin,” he added.
The Palace official said allegations of Tatad were “false” and “libelous.”
“He never had a kidney transplant and very funny because I look at the date when he said he had a transplant. You know what I discovered? That day he had a transplant, he was there at the Megamall watching Bato’s movie premiere. And that alone should already… Besides mukhang hindi ninyo nga pinatulan eh, mukhang wala, nobody carried the title,” said Panelo.