Palace: Del Rosario may have misused diplomatic passport

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 22, 2019   •   1267

Former Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario

Former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario may have misused his diplomatic passport according to Malacañang.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the case of former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is different from that of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario.

“Mr. Del Rosario may have misused a diplomatic passport in his travel to Hong Kong, a trip which is private in nature and is in no way related to government or foreign service,” the statement reads.

READ: Ex-DFA chief Del Rosario held at Hong Kong airport

Panelo adds that Del Rosario should have been alerted on the proper use of diplomatic passports and other travel documents.

Malacañang continues to provide assistance to Del Rosario through the country’s consular office in Hong Kong.

Del Rosario was held up by immigration officials in Hong Kong Friday morning (June 21) when he arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport. —AAC

Palace condemns NPA violation of ceasefire amid COVID-19 truce

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2020

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Malacañang has condemned the New People’s Army (NPA) for violating ceasefire amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat in the country.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported a clash between the military and the NPA in Rodriguez, Rizal on Saturday (March 28). One soldier and one fighter of the NPA were reportedly killed during the encounter, while two more soldiers were injured.

“This armed attack by the NPA against our soldiers exposes the insincerity of the former in declaring a ceasefire as well as their blatant disregard of the welfare of the Filipino people they claim to fight for,” according to the statement of the Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The Palace warned enemies of the state against violating the law.

“The constituted authorities are equipped and ready to repel any and all transgressions of law and crush any armed attack against our soldiers and civilians with ferocity and might,” Panelo said.

READ: Joma Sison concedes to UN’s call for a global ceasefire

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has ordered all commands and units of the New People’s Army (NPA) to observe a nationwide ceasefire with the government amid the growing COVID-19 threat.

The said truce began on March 26 and supposed to last until April 15.

The United Nations (UN) called for a global ceasefire on March 23 so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. AAC

Panelo: One-on-one interview with Duterte to push through on Tuesday

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 28, 2020

After its postponement on January 22, the one-on-one interview with President Rodrigo Duterte will push through on Tuesday (January 28), said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday.

The January 22 schedule for the one-on-one interview was postponed due to “pressing family matters”.

“Due to pressing matters, the tête-à-tête Part 2 of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo has been moved to January 28, 2020 at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace at 5:00 p.m.,” a previous media advisory read.

This will be the President’s second têtê-a-têtê. The first televised interview was held last September 2018.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Palace expresses outrage over death of another OFW in Kuwait

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 1, 2020

Malacañang has expressed outrage over the death of another Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Kuwait.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, “The Palace expresses its outrage over the death of Filipino worker, Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende, allegedly in the hands of her female employer.

Panelo also said the female employer is already in the custody of the Kuwaiti authorities.

“We consider Jeanelyn’s tragic death a clear disregard of the agreement signed by both our country and Kuwait in 2018 which seeks to uphold and promote the protection of the rights and welfare of our workers in Kuwait,” he added.

The Palace official also said that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is already closely monitoring the case to provide justice for Villavende’s family.

The DFA also summoned Kuwaiti Ambassador Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh on Tuesday (December 31) to convey the Philippine government’s outrage over the death of Villavende.

Panelo also said the government sends its condolences to the family and loved ones of Villavende.—AAC

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