Press Briefing

Press Briefing of Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador S. Panelo

Event Press Briefing
Location New Executive Bldg., Malacanang

CATHERINE VALENTE/THE MANILA TIMES: Sir, hinginlangnaminreaksyonng Palace on the latest Pulse Asia survey kung saanpobumabapoiyong trust and approval ratings ni President Duterte from 85% to 74 trust ratings and 78 approval rating. Anopoangreaksyonng Palace?

SEC. PANELO: Still high.

CATHERINE VALENTE/THE MANILA TIMES:Pero sir, hindibanakaapektoiyong ongoing Senate probe ditosa ninja cops and—

SEC. PANELO: Could be, but still high.

CATHERINE VALENTE/THE MANILA TIMES: Hindi ba kayo nababahala, sir, naunti-untingbumababa?

SEC. PANELO: No. Hindi banagpa-fluctuate namantalagaiyan. Pero more than 70% pa namanrin eh.

LEI ALVIZ/GMA7: Sir, statement langpodoon.

SEC. PANELO:Iyon, that is my statement.

LEI ALVIZ/GMA7: Sir, iyongmedyomahaba-habalang, sir, na statement nasinasabiponinyo eh mataas pa rinpoiyong approval rating.

SEC. PANELO:Oo. The rating is still high; it’s more than 70%. Surveys fluctuate depending on when they get them. If it is taken at a time when there are controversies hounding, it may affect the survey results. The fact remains that 78% plus remains still high.

INA ANDOLONG/CNN PHILS: Sir, the President confirmed having a neuromuscular—

SEC. PANELO: Who?

INA ANDOLONG/CNN PHILS: The President confirmed he has a neuromuscular condition or illness. When was the President diagnosed with that?

SEC. PANELO:Narinigkolangsakanyakahapon eh. I don’t know anything about it yet.

INA ANDOLONG/CNN PHILS:Kahapon sir, you were on your way back or—

SEC. PANELO: During the presscon when we arrived, doonniyasinabiiyon eh.

INA ANDOLONG/CNN PHILS: Apart from that, what else can you share with us about it? Is it something that managed well—

SEC. PANELO: He didn’t elaborate on that.

GENALYN KABILING/MLA BULLETIN: Sir, the President said he has a bad case of cold, how is he now?

SEC. PANELO:Malamang okay. What he complained about was he wasn’t able to sleep during the flight. Sabagayhindilangnamansiya, akorin. Maramisaamin.

GENALYN KABILING/MLA BULLETIN: But is the President back to work today?

SEC. PANELO: I haven’t seen the schedule. But, he was well, when he met the reporters. He was up and about.

JOYCE BALANCIO/DZMM: Sir would you confirm, nagka-dengue daw posi Kitty?

SEC. PANELO:Walaakongalam.

JOYCE BALANCIO/DZMM: Is the Presidente with her?

SEC. PANELO: Hindi… hindikoalam.

JOYCE BALANCIO/DZMM: Okay. Kasi there were reports, sir—

SEC. PANELO:Nabasakolang ‘yung text sa akin, nagtatanong—Wala pa akongsa—wala pang sagotsa text ko.

JOYCE BALANCIO/DZMM:Kasi there was a report, sir, that the President was rushing back home to be with Kitty.

SEC. PANELO: Hindi naman rushing back dahildatinamang schedule ‘yun eh. Per schedule kamibumalik eh.

JOYCE BALANCIO/DZMM: So, sir, habangnasa Russia si President walasiyangnabanggitna—

SEC. PANELO:Wala eh.

JOYCE BALANCIO/DZMM: —he was concerned about—

SEC. PANELO:Walasiyang… disana may binanggitnasiya.

JOYCE BALANCIO/DZMM: Okay. Sige, sir.

USEC. ROCKY: Questions? MPC?

JOYCE BALANCIO/DZMM:Pahabolna—Usec. Ignacio. Sir, on Russia langpo. Do you have at least an idea o ballpoint figure of how much was the expenses, total expenses of the Russian trip?

SEC. PANELO: No. Walaakong… no idea.

JOYCE BALANCIO/DZMM: Alright. Thank you, sir.

ARJAY BALINBIN/BUSINESS WORLD: Sir, the proposal to put up nuclear power plants. Why was it even proposed if it’s against the Constitution as the President said?

SEC. PANELO:Mayroong proposal? Mayroon—hindi. They’re discussing whether it’s feasible or not.

ARJAY BALINBIN/BUSINESS WORLD: Yes, if it’s—

SEC. PANELO:Kumbaga, nasa—ano pa lang ‘yun, pinag-uusapan pa lang.

ARJAY BALINBIN/BUSINESS WORLD: Alright, sir.

SEC. PANELO:Wala pang ano, wala pang sigurado dun.

ARJAY BALINBIN/BUSINESS WORLD: You have not seen any details on that?

SEC. PANELO: No.

ARJAY BALINBIN/BUSINESS WORLD: Alright. Thank you.

HANNAH SANCHO/SONSHINE RADIO: Hi, sir! Good afternoon! Na-mention n’yo, sir, earlier sa interview n’yo today na may ongoing negotiation between Manila and Moscow to purchase certain military equipment.

SEC. PANELO: Yes.

HANNAH SANCHO/SONSHINE RADIO: Do you have any details po regarding this…?

SEC. PANELO:Wala pa eh. Hindi pa—wala pang may inilalabassi Secretary Delfin eh.

HANNAH SANCHO/SONSHINE RADIO: Sir, kasidoonsa statement n’yo sir, sinabin’yosatinginn’yomagiging insecure po ‘yungAmerika. Bakitpo?

SEC. PANELO:Siyempre! Eh, kung—dati-datikasipurotayo relying on them and then suddenly mayroontayongmgaibangmgabansangpinagbibigyang-pansin. Hindi ba, samgamagkakaibigan ‘pagnakitamongmayroongibangkaibigan, “Aba, nawawalana ka nasaamin ah.” Natural lang ‘yun.

HANNAH SANCHO/SONSHINE RADIO: So, satingin—

SEC. PANELO:PerosabinamanniPresidentewalanamang…hindinamansiyakumakalas.

HANNAH SANCHO/SONSHINE RADIO: So, satinginn’yo, sir, na kung magkakaroonng insecurity angEstadosUnidos, ano ‘yungmagiging consequence nito, sir?

SEC. PANELO: Gaya ngangsinabiko, bakamaging fair nasilasaatin.

USEC. ROCKY: Questions?

HANNAH SANCHO/SONSHINE RADIO: Sir, another question po. Sir, may kinidnap pong British national saZamboanga del Sur kasama ‘yungasawaniyangPinay last Friday po. Any directives po from the President po? Sa Mindanao allay po another kidnapping incident po?

SEC. PANELO: It’s a PNP activity, so I’m sure the PNP is doing something about it.

HANNAH SANCHO/SONSHINE RADIO:Parang—

SEC. PANELO: It doesn’t have to be directed by the President, they know what to do.

HANNAH SANCHO/SONSHINE RADIO: Hindi batayonababahala, sir, na another foreigner nanaman sir angna-kidnap sa Mindanao despite nanakataas pa rin ‘yung martial law?

SEC. PANELO: Well, sometimes that happens even if there’s martial law. Mga isolated cases naganiyan. Minsanhindi mo rinmaiwasan ‘yan.

HANNAH SANCHO/SONSHINE RADIO: So, we’re not saying na useless ‘yung declaration ng martial law kasinagkakaroon pa rinng—

SEC. PANELO: No, otherwise dimaraminasanangganiyanginsidente.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: Sir, good afternoon! Sir, doonlangsa President. He, himself have said na wait niya ‘yung result nung DILG Secretary. So, indeed there is an ongoing internal investigation of DILG against General Albayalde?

SEC. PANELO: Not against. When you investigate, hindinaman against—

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: For pro or for. Okay, for.

SEC. PANELO: —You’re investigating the truth about certain allegations. Hindi langnamankay General Albayalde ‘diba? Lahatngpulisna involved.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: So, indeed there is ongoing investigation on or against or for—

SEC. PANELO: There was a directive from the President, so the DILG Secretary will be undergoing such an investigation.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: But based on the body language and indication from the President, General Albayalde will actually finish his term until November 8?

SEC. PANELO: Based on what he said. ‘Di basabiniya kung … tinanongkasisiya, do you still have trust and confidence? Angsagotniya eh, ‘Eh nandiyan pa siya. Eh disanawalanasiya.’ Hindi baiyonang exact words niPresidente, ‘Abogadoako, siyempre I have to hear his side. If you give the right to air one’s defensesamgakriminal, o eh bakitnamaniyong PNP Chief hindi mo mapagbibigyan.’

ROSE NOVENARIO/HATAW: Hi, sir. Good afternoon. Sir, bagong investigation nanamanitodoonsa alleged police officials na involved. Anopoangnangyaridoonsa past investigation doonsalimangnarco generals namula pa noong 2016 binulgarnaniPresidenteperohanggangngayonpo ay walanamangkasongnaisasampalabansakanila?

SEC. PANELO:Tanunginnatinang PNP at saka DOJ. Hindi koalamiyong—we’ll have to ask the Secretary of Justice kung mayroongnai-file.

ROSE NOVENARIO/HATAW:Kailanponaminmalalamaniyongsagot?

SEC. PANELO: Then why don’t you direct your question to the Secretary of Justice. He has been here.

ROSE NOVENARIO/HATAW: Hindi kasi, sir, iyong directive po noon ay galingpokayPresidente to investigate the five narco generals. ‘Di bapodapatnagsa-submit silang feedback o resulta. Wala pa pong natatanggapiyongMalacañangdoon?

SEC. PANELO: As far as I know, walasaakingopisina.

ARJAY BALINBIN/BUSINES WORLD: Sir, what’s Malacañang’s advice to foreigners who are planning to travel to Zamboanga Del Sur? Should they avoid that place?

SEC. PANELO: They should always take care of themselves. Avoid places where danger lurks.

ARJAY BALINBIN/BUSINES WORLD: Should they avoid Zamboanga del Sur then?

SEC. PANELO: Hindi, if there is only one incident langnaman eh. The PNP there and the Army can take care of that place.

ARJAY BALINBIN/BUSINES WORLD: So we are not advising them to avoid that yet, right? They can still travel?

SEC. PANELO: I think so, otherwise sinabinang PNP at saka Army doon.

LEI: Sir, puwedepo bang makahinginangkaunti pang detalyedoonsasinabiponiPresidentena … dalawang colonels poba, sir, na allegedly involved posa drugs?

SEC. PANELO:Walasiyang in-elaborate. Sinabiniyalangnaiyong Superintendent, akalaniya Chief Superintendent iyon – eh colonel palaiyon. So sinabiniyawalang involved na generals. Walanamansiyangpinangalanan eh. Siguro he will wait for the investigation of the DILG Secretary.

LEI:Papangalananba, sir, sila eventually?

SEC. PANELO: Hindi koalam. That’s the call of the President.

GENALYN KABILING/MANILA BULLETIN: Sir, paborpobaangPalasyosa lifestyle check samga policemen especially after this ninja cop controversy?

SEC. PANELO: As I said earlier in an interview, that’s a very good idea. There should be lifestyle check internally among PNP, and for that matter all heads of departments should conduct that on their own.

GENALYN KABILING/MANILA BULLETIN: Sir, how will this help the campaign of the President without—

SEC. PANELO: It will help because—if you can see that there are people there who are not supposed to be having this kind of wealth, oh di may problemanga.

GENALYN KABILING/MANILA BULLETIN: Sir, sinoangmagku-conduct? PNP or the PACC?

SEC. PANELO:Ang PNP ay mayroong internal affairs ‘diba, so it should be the one.

FRANCIS/ DAILY TRIBUNE: Sir, itatanongkolangpo, hindipobanababahalaangatingPresidentena… iyong internal crack posa PNP considering na, I think, nagkakaroonng division among the ranks sa PNP. At kung—sabinganiPangulo, hangganghindi pa namannapapatanuyanna guilty si General Albayalde, mayroon ho bang ibibigaynaposisyonsakaniya?

SEC. PANELO: Hindi koalam kung may ibibigaynaposisyon. Again, it’s the President’s call.

FRANCIS/ DAILY TRIBUNE:Iyong internal crack po, sir, hindipobasiyanababahala considering na PNP, siyempreiyong campaign against illegal drugs, tapos may mgalumalabasnaulatnaiyongmga generals po may mga squabbling sila, sir?

SEC. PANELO: Hindi bamasmagandangaiyonparalumalabasiyongbahosaisangorganisasyon, ‘diba? Kung may naglalabasdiyannakontrasaisa, iyongisalumalabas din, eh dimasmabuti. Kaysanagkakaisasila at nagtatago, naglilihim.

USEC. IGNACIO: Okay. Thank you, MPC. Thank you, Secretary Panelo.

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