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Panelo on Risa Hontiveros: ‘If she has a problem, she can come to my office’

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By Prince Golez

Senator Risa Hontiveros will receive the same treatment that the Sanchez family received if she pays him a visit at his office, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Panelo made the statement Thursday after Hontiveros said that Panelo should also be investigated for meeting with the family of Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez twice in Malacañang and using his position to refer the ex-mayor’s request for clemency to the Bureau of Pardons and Parole.

“Paano naman nag-benefit eh dininay [denied] nga eh. Kaya nga ako natatawa, may power daw. Mayroong power, pero dininay. Ano bang power iyon?” the chief presidential legal counsel said referring to the request of Sanchez’s family regarding the clemency application of the convicted rapist and murderer.

When asked if his office would also extend assistance to poor Filipinos, Panelo said: “Pati sa kaniya (Hontiveros) magiging accommodating ako kapag may problema siya. If she comes to my office, I will accommodate her.

“Her mother is very good friend of mine, as well as her sister. And it doesn’t matter whether we’re friends or not, if she has a problem, she can come to my office and I will refer to the appropriate entity that requires action or whatever complaint she will bring to this office,” he added.

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