Press Briefing

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

Event Press Briefing
Location New Executive Bldg., Malacanang

USEC. IGNACIO: Good morning Malacañang Press Corps. Kasama na natin si Chief Presidential Legal Counsel at Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

SEC. PANELO: Good morning MPC. First, we would like reiterate our sympathies and condolences to the family of the late Gina Lopez, who was not only a good friends of ours but a colleague in the Cabinet. We are going to miss her. She was the epitome of grace even under fire during her confirmation proceeding. She impressed me particularly for having a good heart, a generous heart always thinking of the upliftment of the poor, improving their status in life. She had indefatigable spirit and on top of that, she was a fierce protector of the environment and she didn’t stop even if she didn’t get the confirmation of being the Secretary of DENR. She pursued her advocacy to the limits, until the life beyond has called her to join it. I’m ready for your questions.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA: Sir, our favorite topic.

SEC. PANELO: Oh bago ka nanamang hairdo ha, every week iba ha.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA: Sir, China again—

SEC. PANELO: Your favorite topic.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA: As all Filipino should. China sir, recent may mga strong statements recently si SND. First on the passage of warship sa Sibutu, naiinis na daw iyong Defense—

SEC. PANELO: Which is a legitimate concern. If that incident is repeatedly done, certainly I can understand the position of the Secretary of National Defense.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA: And given that sentiment, what are you in the Palace going to do?

SEC. PANELO: Well as we repeatedly said, the Office of the President will let the Departments concerned take care of those issues. So, we will let Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin handle it.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA: Sir, iyon bang sentiment ni Secretary Lorenzana and iyong sa Defense establishment natin, iyan din ba iyong posisyon ni Presidente?

SEC. PANELO: On what particular?

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA: For example we don’t like the Chinese going through Sibutu without asking for our permission, meaning it is an issue for us—

SEC. PANELO: It is an issue with the Office of the President given that we need to be informed in advance of any passage on our territory.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA: Because?

SEC. PANELO: Because that is what the UNCLOS says.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA: And is it a sign of respect if they do?

SEC. PANELO: Well, let’s ask them if that is a sign of a friendship.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA: Sir, may talking point na po for China? I understand may mga nasabihan na mga secretaries na kasama.

SEC. PANELO: No, I was talking to the President and he told me yesterday that he will raise the issue of the arbitral ruling, he will raise the issue of Code of Conduct and then he will pursue the joint exploration.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA: Ito pong bagong mga passage sa Sibutu, in terms of level of importance, do you think to the President importanteng isyu ba ito, sir?

SEC. PANELO: Eh lahat naman ng isyu kay Presidente concerning the Philippines, security, basta sa Pilipinas palaging interesado si Presidente.

INA NADOLONG/CNN PHILS: Sir, where you able to meet with the Chinese Ambassador already about this—

SEC. PANELO: No, na-reset kasi busy, maraming events daw eh, kaya after the visit na lang daw.

INA NADOLONG/CNN PHILS: Can you share with us, sir, again iyong details iyong nai-report po over the weekend on his text message to you, can you explain to us the context—

SEC. PANELO: That was a response of Ambassador Zhao to Secretary Lorenzana. He asked me to share it with him.

INA NADOLONG/CNN PHILS: May we know sir, what response you gave the Ambassador when he sent that to you or talagang ire-relay mo lang—

SEC. PANELO: Sinabi ko lang, yes, I will.

Q: Sinasabi niya kay SND?

SEC. PANELO: Kung pupuwedeng i-forward.

INA NADOLONG/CNN PHILS: But as far as the Palace is concerned, what do you think about what he said that OFWs in China, paano kung sabihin din nila na spies?

SEC. PANELO: The Office of the President shares the sentiment of Secretary Lorenzana and Secretary Pernia when they said that the OFW went to China for the purpose of work. Moreover, there is no place where they converge to work.

Another thing, the President said that with respect to the proximity. President said any foreign national working here, group, need not be near the military camps in order to get intelligence, because considering the high-tech, even if you are 1,000 miles away, they can spy on us if they want. More0ver, the President said, countries do spy on each other, that’s I think SOP for all countries. And I share the sentiment of Secretary Esperon when he said, ‘what is important is we know where they are.’ But the concern raised by Secretary Lorenzana is legitimate.

INA NADOLONG/CNN PHILS: The concern raised is legitimate—

SEC. PANELO: Because as according to him, although it’s not a serious concern, there is a potential threat.

INA NADOLONG/CNN PHILS: But what are you saying is that as far as the President is concerned hindi masyadong isyu kung malapit sila doon sa bases.

SEC. PANELO: Yes, because according to him, okay ang ating capability sa intelligence information. Tayo, kaya hindi siya nagwo-worry doon.

INA NADOLONG/CNN PHILS: I mean the President is not worried about having foreign nationals located near our bases, is that right?

SEC. PANELO: He is not worried because we have the intelligence capability on knowing what they are doing.

Q: off mic

SEC. PANELO: Yeah, we have that capability nga sabi ni Presidente.

INA NADOLONG/CNN PHILS: And as far as allegations regarding Chinese workers here possibly here to spy. What is the President say about that?

SEC. PANELO: Eh sabi ni Presidente, you don’t even have to be near, kasi nga even if you are 1,000 miles away, puwede tayong ispayan nila, high-tech na sila eh, di ba marami silang satellite, alam nila kung—

INA ANDOLONG/CNN PHILS: And we know what they are doing, is that what the President is saying?

SEC. PANELO: Alam mo, sabi ni Presidente, kung nandito sila a Pilipinas, alam din natin kung papano malaman kung ano ang ginagawa nila. Dahil kumpleto na rin tayo sa intelligence gathering.

MARICEL HALILI/TV5: Hi sir, good morning. Sir, just a clarification, iyong text message po sa inyo ni Ambassador Zhao, is it a warning coming from the Chinese government?

SEC. PANELO: No, I think, that was just parang… ang dating sa akin eh, parang sentimyento niya lang. Pero iyong sentiment niya naman will not apply. Eh gaya ng paliwanag ni Secretary Lorenzana at Secretary Pernia, eh wala namang lugar iyong overseas workers, nagkalat naman siya sa buong Hong Kong and China di ba. Unlike iyong concern ni Secretary Lorenzana, isang lugar lang at malapit sa kampo. So, it does not apply.

MARICEL HALILI/TV5: But because of the text message, sir when you read it, I think last Saturday, Senator Ping Lacson doesn’t like the idea of you reading the text message—

SEC. PANELO: Bakit naman, ano ba, it is the duty of the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson to share any information relative to any concern affecting the Filipinos abroad or here, trabaho natin iyon. Kailangan malaman nila, kasi parang iyong opinion, iyong posisyon ng China doon thru the Ambassador parang pinagduduhan din iyong ating Filipino workers abroad, di ba. Kaya dapat malalaman nating lahat kung ano ang posisyon doon and to tell them na Malabo iyong posisyon n’yo.

MARICEL HALILI/TV5: Meaning, kasi ang sinasabi ninyo, sir, you’re not the spokesperson of Chinese embassy so let them tell their—

SEC. PANELO: Kaya nga sinabihan na natin iyong posisyon, precisely, I’m already sharing the position that they gave us eh, so what’s wrong with that?

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA 7: Sir, pa-sound bite lang. Ano nga po iyong text ni Ambassador Zhao sa inyo? Exactly iyong quote, iyong text.

SEC. PANELO: What I remember is, ‘what if we also think of your workers spying on us.’ Parang ganoon, iyon ang drift.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA 7: And then Ambassador Zhao, for clarification, asked you to forward the same message to SND?

SEC. PANELO: Yeah, hindi ba sinagot naman ni Secretary Lorenzana.

INA ANDOLONG/CNN PHILS: Pero, Sec, kayo, hindi ninyo sinagot iyong sinabi niya?

SEC. PANELO: Hindi, eh hindi naman addressed sa akin eh; ipasa ko daw kay ano eh…

INA ANDOLONG/CNN PHILS: Even if you saw his concern, accusing our OFWs—

SEC. PANELO: Yeah. But when the reporter asked my opinion on the matter, I said it. I remember lumabas yata iyon noong Sabado.

Q: Iyong sa inyo, sir?

SEC. PANELO: Iyong ano, when I was asked about it.

Q: [OFF MIC]

SEC. PANELO: Sila—sino ba ang nandoon noon? Sa Chinese Federation… Filipino-Chinese Federation. Si Kristina nandoon eh, pero kayo wala. Parang si Kristina Maralit lang ang nandoon.

Q: [OFF MIC]

SEC. PANELO: Hindi ko nakita siya doon.

ARJAY BALINBIN/BUSINESS WORLD: So why would not the Palace comment about it since a concern from—

SEC. PANELO: Nag-comment na nga ako, ano pa bang tawag mo doon? Precisely I made a comment eh, last Saturday. Nag-comment nga ako doon.

ARJAY BALINBIN/BUSINESS WORLD: What was your comment, sir?

SEC. PANELO: My comment was, it will not apply to us kasi nga iba naman ang workers. Wala namang ganoong… kagaya ng POGO. Moreover, parang nabanggit ko pa na baka masyado tayong security-conscious.

ARJAY BALINBIN/BUSINESS WORLD: Bakit sa’yo daw pinadaan, sir? Bakit hindi diniretso kay Secretary Lorenzana?

SEC. PANELO: Bakit hindi mo tanungin kay Ambassador. Bakit naman ako ang tinatanong mo? Hindi ko alam.

ROSALIE COZ/UNTV: Sir, since the President is not worried pero si Secretary Lorenzana po ay nagpahayag ng concern sa construction ng mga POGO hubs near military camps. So ano po ang mangyayari? Tuloy pa rin ang pagtatayo ng mga POGO hubs near vital installations and military camps?

SEC. PANELO: Siguro during the Cabinet meeting, ipi-present ni Secretary Lorenzana iyan. Eh di pag-uusapan sa Cabinet.

ROSALIE COZ/UNTV: Secretary Lorenzana also made a statement saying that it is not the duty of the soldiers na bantayan po iyong mga POGO workers. Kasi nabanggit ninyo po noong nakalipas po na interview na mas mainam nga kung malapit sa military camps dahil mapuproteksyunan iyong mga POGO workers. So ano po ang stand ninyo doon, sir?

SEC. PANELO: Na ano? What do you mean?

ROSALIE COZ/UNTV: It’s not the duty of the military to… magbantay o proteksyunan iyon pong mga POGO workers.

SEC. PANELO: Ang duty ng military is to gather intelligence information against any threat against the state. Hindi ba?

ROSALIE COZ/UNTV: So kabilang po iyong mga POGO workers na pupuwedeng pagkuhanan ng intel ng mga soldiers if ever may makitang threat?

SEC. PANELO: Hindi ko maintindihan ang tanong mo eh. Ano iyon? Paano?

ROSALIE COZ/UNTV: Kasi, sir, you made a statement last week saying that it is better if the POGO hubs will be constructed near military camps dahil mas mapuproteksyunan sila.

SEC. PANELO: That’s also the position of the Security Adviser. Kasi ang sabi niya, mas mabuting alam natin kung nasaan sila kaysa hindi natin alam kung nasaan sila.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Sir, si Secretary Locsin has ordered again a filing of diplomatic protest because of the passage. If I may quote, sabi niya, “Fire diplomatic protest over Chinese warship; drop the diplomatic crap; say it is ours period; they’re trespassing.” Do you agree na iyong ginagawa nila sa Sibutu is trespassing?

SEC. PANELO: Kung ano ang sinabi ni—kagaya ng sinabi ko, whatever the Secretary of Foreign Affairs does with respect to any issue concerning China, unless the President makes a different policy statement, that is the policy of the Office of the President.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Sir, what outcome are we expecting from all these diplomatic protests?

SEC. PANELO: Well, we are going to wait for their response or explanation, whatever.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: So far, may response na po ba?

SEC. PANELO: Wala pa akong alam kay Secretary Locsin. I haven’t heard from him.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Sir, because the President is going to China ‘no. Sir, iyon pong …some of the Chinese projects ay kinuwestiyon ng COA. Iyong sa Kaliwa, for example. Now, the contract has already been awarded to China Energy Engineering Corporation, but the COA questioned the bidding process. Meaning, it was like parang medyo moro-moro lang na bidding process just to comply with what is said in the law. Sabi niya, iyong dalawang nag-bid parang chika lang, parang pina-bid lang for the sake of having three bidders. So your comment, sir, on the report potentially—

SEC. PANELO: We have not received officially a report on that matter.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: And you’d like to look into the contract or—

SEC. PANELO: Siyempre we will have to look at the report of the COA, and then look at the contract.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: And if it is parang hindi siya valid na bidding process, we’re okay with maybe suspending the contract or what?

SEC. PANELO: We’ll let the President decide on that.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Sir, kay Cardema, sound bite lang.

SEC. PANELO: Well, the case between Mr. Cardema and Commissioner Guanzon, I think is between the two of them. Moreover, the President respects the independence of any constitutional body so the President has not and will not interfere on any function of the Commission, as well as other constitutional bodies.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Sir, parang over the weekend, parang nagpapahingi ng saklolo itong si Cardema kay Presidente. Parang nagsusumbong kay PRRD na because of the … iyong conflict—

SEC. PANELO: Well, if Mr. Cardema has the goods on anyone, then he should file the appropriate charges.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: So, sir, tingin mo hindi makikialam si PRRD sa—

SEC. PANELO: He doesn’t eh. Ever since naman that’s the policy of the President.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Does he care about this whole thing?

SEC. PANELO: The President, as President will enforce the laws. Now, anyone who feels that a law has been violated is free to file appropriate charges against whomsoever and let the law take its course.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Enforce the law… So, for example, sir, ‘yung issue sa age niya and then compliance with the requirements of the party-lists. If it’s—

SEC. PANELO: That’s for the commission to decide because that is a jurisdiction of the Commission on Elections.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: So, kung halimbawa, sir, adverse ‘yung decision ng en banc?

SEC. PANELO: We always respect whatever decisions of the independent departments or branches of the government, we never go against it. The Office of the President makes sure of that.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Okay.

PIA GUTIERREZ/ABS-CBN: Sir, pahabol lang. If the case of Mr. Cardema does not work out in the Comelec, ibig sabihin, hindi na siya maging party-list representative. Is the President—is still—is the President still interested in getting Mr. Cardema back to the Cabinet?

SEC. PANELO: In the first place, nobody said that the President is interested on any person being a member of Congress. Never naman na—from the very start palaging hindi ba si President hands-off policy diyan pagdating sa eleksiyon ng mga members of Congress.

PIA GUTIERREZ/ABS-CBN: What about the possibility of reappointing Mr. Cardema to the Cabinet, sir?

SEC. PANELO: That’s with the President.

PIA GUTIERREZ/ABS-CBN: Thank you, sir.

NESTOR CORRALES/INQUIRER.NET: Secretary, I would just like to get your comment. On Sunday, Cambodia said its banning online gambling following the rise of Chinese-run casinos in the country citing it is a threat to their social order? Will Malacanang or will the government follow the same citing that we have the same condition because China is also Cambodia’s closest ally and its biggest donor and investor?

SEC. PANELO: Well, the difference probably is in Cambodia, gambling is illegal while in this country, it is not. That is why we have POGOs.

NESTOR CORRALES/INQUIRER.NET: But are we not looking into ‘yung—although it’s legal in the Philippines, ‘yung other implications nito, sir, pag-aaralan ba ng government?

SEC. PANELO: Eh, nasa…nasa security forces na natin ‘yun.

NESTOR CORRALES/INQUIRER.NET: Ba’t po—

SEC. PANELO: Kung anong rekomendasyon ng National Security Adviser, Secretary of National Defense, that will be considered by the President.

NESTOR CORRALES/INQUIRER.NET: So, for now, sir, the government will not stop issuing licenses or—ano ‘yun? Ah, okay. So, the PAGCOR already pala, sir, stops application for POGO licenses. Your comment na lang, sir?

SEC. PANELO: That answers to your question. That answers your question.

NESTOR CORRALES/INQUIRER.NET: Your reaction, sir? Ang Malacanan?

SEC. PANELO: Until the President reverses the stand of PAGCOR, that remains to be the policy. Because the President always respects heads of departments and offices to do their duty and undertaking.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: Sir, doon po sa ano… sa tinaguriang umano’y ‘mafia’ sa Philhealth. Ang sinasabi po kasi ni dating spokesperson Harry Roque ay ‘yung napangalanan noon sa Blue Ribbon Committee hearing ay mga fake o hindi totoong mga ‘mafia’ at inaakusahan niya na ang dapat imbestigahan ay ‘yung Board lalo na ‘yung dating Presidente na si Roy Ferrer dahil ‘yung tanggapan daw nila ay iyong mga punong-puno ng anomalya. Will you do parang something like motu proprio investigation doon sa dating—sa Board na inaakusahan na ‘mafia’ sa Philhealth?

Hindi ba dati namang may ongoing investigation? Now, if Mr. Roque has goods on any…on any official in the… PCSO ba ang sabi mo? PCSO?

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: Philhealth, Philhealth.

SEC. PANELO: Philhealth rather… Philhealth, then he should file the appropriate charges.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: And you will support that move?

SEC. PANELO: We don’t have to support anything, there’s always rule of law. Whatever—anybody who wants to file any case against any official, let the law takes it course. Palaging ‘yun ang stand ng Office of the President.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: What happened to the previous investigation conducted by OP, sir?

SEC. PANELO: Wala pang—wala akong report na mayroon ng final report submitted to the President.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: Sir, there is also a call from Attorney Harry Roque to abolish ‘yung PhilHealth and create a new agency manned by ‘yung sabi niya matitinong tao alinsunod doon sa originally planned sa Universal Health Care Act?

SEC. PANELO: I haven’t—

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: Malawakan na daw, sobrang lalim daw ‘yung corruption sa PhilHealth.

SEC. PANELO: Hindi ko alam ‘yung sinasabi niya. Then, let him file the appropriate charges. If he wants it abolished, then address it to Congress.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: Thank you.

MARICEL HALILI/TV5: Sir, I understand you already mentioned na iyong pag-accept ng gifts ng mga government employees and ng PNP should be of nominal value.

SEC. PANELO: Yes.

MARICEL HALILI/TV5: But then, I think may statement si Commissioner Greco Belgica saying na 100,000 pesos is okay iyong amount to accept because it can be perceived as small amount—

SEC. PANELO: Hindi, iba naman iyong—nabasa ko iyan eh. Ang sinasabi niya, kung may nagsauli ng one million. Iyong kaniya, particular incident iyon eh. Kung may nagsauli ng one million na isang janitor halimbawa, o isang guard na empleyado ng gobyerno at binigyan ng 100,000, sa kaniya okay iyon kasi reward eh.

MARICEL HALILI/TV5: So iyon nga, sir, just to be categorical about it—

SEC. PANELO: Basta kami palagi kung ano ang sinasabi ng batas, iyon na iyon. And then, what a nominal or insignificant value is, that will depend on the courts. Kasi kapag nag-file ka, the court will decide whether insignificant o nominal iyong tinanggap mo o hindi.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: Pero ang pinag-uusapan dito iyong sa sinabi ng Pangulo sa mga pulis eh. Ibang usapan naman siguro kapag gratuity or pasasalamat doon sa janitor or janitress na nagsauli ng one million. Pero ang issue dito ay iyong pulis. So okay lang basa pulis na tatanggap ng one hundred—

SEC. PANELO: The President was referring to the exception to the law.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: So it’s okay, iyong one hundred thousand sa mga pulis as a thanksgiving?

SEC. PANELO: One hundred thousand, eh di hindi na nominal value iyon.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: Kung sa mga pulis at sa mga sundalo?

SEC. PANELO: Iyong one hundred thousand, specific incident iyong sinabi nung Mr. Belgica. Hindi naman sa lahat ng bagay.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: So you maintain na—

SEC. PANELO: At saka para sa kaniya okay iyon. Pero gaya ng sinabi ko, ang hukuman pa rin ang final say kung ano ba iyong regalo mo – insignificant o nominal.

REYMUND TINAZA/BOMBO RADYO: Iyong sinabi ninyo dati, sir, na parang okay lang kapag iyong manok. Paano kapag araw-araw na manok, di ba parang palaki nang palaki naman.

SEC. PANELO: Hindi, huwag na nating palakihin. Basta ang importante doon, nominal, alam na natin kung anong nominal. Common sense will tell us kung ano ang nominal sa insignificant. Kapag medyo sumobra doon sa common understanding, then ang court na ang magdi-decide noon kung may nag-file.

PIA GUTIERREZ/ABS-CBN: Sir, iyong comment ninyo lang doon sa Vera Files report that—

SEC. PANELO: Saan?

PIA GUTIERREZ/ABS-CBN: May report, sir, ang Vera Files that President Duterte himself received gifts in multi-million pesos. Iyong doon sa report ng Vera Files said that on his 69th birthday seven deposits, totaling over 193 million were credited to the joint account of President Duterte and daughter Sara Duterte in BPI in Ortigas. Your comment on that, sir?

SEC. PANELO: Is that true? Does she have any evidence to that effect? Ang dami nang nagsabi na si Presidente ang daming … hindi ba, ilang daang milyon mayroon siya pero hindi naman totoo.

PIA GUTIERREZ/ABS-CBN: So the Palace is denying that the President had—

SEC. PANELO: Sabi nga, one who alleges must prove. If you cannot prove, eh huwag ka nalang magsalita kasi naninira ka lang.

PIA GUTIERREZ/ABS-CBN: Si President Duterte, sir, what is his policy on receiving gifts? Nominal din—

SEC. PANELO: Ang alam ko, kapag mayroong nagreregalo sa kaniya, pinapadiretso niya sa Office of the President. In other words, it will be the government of the Philippines that will receive the gift; hindi siya, hindi personal. Hindi siya tumatanggap ng personal.

PIA GUTIERREZ/ABS-CBN: He doesn’t receive gifts personally. Okay, thank you, sir.

SEC. PANELO: Kasi I know that because one time, mayroong nagreregalo sa kaniya ng painting niya eh, tapos humihingi ng courtesy call na ipi-present. And during that presentation, sabi niya I cannot accept that. You have to donate that to the government of the Philippines.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Sir, ano lang, may schedule na si PRRD tomorrow dito po sa Palasyo pero mayroon siyang—last week medyo hindi siya nakita in public.

SEC. PANELO: Hindi ko pa nakita ang schedule niya. Pero mayroon na yata, kay Usec. (unclear) parang may nakita … hindi ko pa binabasa.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Okay. Ano lang, sir, explanation lang bakit last week hindi siya masyadong visible?

SEC. PANELO: Hindi ba ang sabi niya, marami siyang trabaho sa mga papeles. Binabasa niya isa-isa at hindi siya makapirma nang hindi niya thoroughly reading all these papers. At the same time, mayroon siyang mga private meetings at saka courtesy calls.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Wala naman tayong ipapag-alala, sir?

SEC. PANELO: Wala. In fact, he shared to me, he asked me this, sabi niya, “Alam mo ba na I went out sa motorsiklo?” Nagmotorsiklo raw siya.

Q: [OFF MIC]

SEC. PANELO: Sa subdivision niya.

Q: [OFF MIC]

SEC. PANELO: Hindi ko na nga alam kung kahapon iyon or the day before. Basta kinukuwento niya sa akin. Pagkatapos sabi niya, lumabas siya. Pagkatapos parang ginanahan siyang mag-motor, lumabas siya ng subdivision, eh di nataranta ang PSG. Pero after a while daw nakita niya na. Iyon kinukuwento niya. “Marami sa akin na kumuha ng picture,” sabi niya, “iyong mga nakakita sa akin na nagmumotor.” Sabi ko, apparently mukhang hindi pa nakuha ng media iyan dahil wala akong nabasa o narinig.

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: You know what millennial say, sir, about things?

SEC. PANELO: Ano?

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: You know what millennial say about certain things? Pictures or it did not happen, sir. Can you provide us with the photo?

SEC. PANELO: Siguro iyong mga kumuha ng photo, hindi inilabas sa internet. Kasi siguro mga kapitbahay—

JOSEPH MORONG/GMA7: Pero kailan iyon, sir?

SEC. PANELO: Hindi ko alam kung kailan nangyari iyon. Basta kahapon binida niya sa akin.

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

SEC. PANELO: It only shows na kung nakaka-motor siya eh di in good health. Iyon lang ang ibig sabihin noon.

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

SEC. PANELO: Thank you.

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