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Panelo a ‘good match’ for Amal Clooney, says Duterte

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte believes his spokesman, Salvador Panelo will be a “good match” for human rights lawyer Amal Clooney who recently joined the legal team defending Maria Ressa.

“Kaya naman ni Panelo ‘yan. Panelo, he’s a good match,” said Duterte in a media interview on Thursday.

Malacanang earlier said Clooney was welcome to defend Ressa, the CEO of the website Rappler, who is facing cyber libel and tax evasion charges.

“Palagay ko naghahanap lang sila ng katapat ko,” according to the chief presidential legal counsel.

Panelo said he will “educate” Clooney if they meet each other.

“Mukhang nabola niya lang si Atty. Amal. Misinformed kasi si Atty. Amal e. Siguro pag nagkita kami I can — to use the word of the President — educate her,” he added.

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