Panelo says Catriona Gray should be ‘educated’ on facts of criminal liability age bill

UNTV News   •   February 22, 2019   •   3147

(L-R) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo and 2018 Ms. Universe, Catriona Gray

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo expressed his gratitude for the concern that 2018 Ms. Universe Catriona Gray has shown, when she stated that the government must focus on why children engage in crimes instead of lowering the age of criminal liability.

Panelo said that, like many Filipinos, Gray may have been misinformed about the facts of the bill that aims to lower the age of criminal liability to 12 years old.

Panelo agrees with Gray about focusing on the problem, which is what the government, he said, is actually doing by rehabilitating the minors.

“Sa batas nakalagay dun yung rehabilitation. Ang focus nga ay rehabilitation. So, you are solving precisely the problem why these people are engaged in crimes,” Panelo said.

He added, “Because the problem is, they engage in crimes. So, what will we do? We will have to rehabilitate them. Learn why they have committed such crimes. And then put them back to the society,” Spokesperson emphasized.

The Presidential Spokesperson said Gray should be educated on the facts of the said bill.

“She may have been misinformed of the facts, given that the opposition to the lowering comes from yung mga dating kritiko ng administrasyon,” Panelo said.

Panelo made the statement when asked about his reaction to Gray’s statement on Wednesday, February 20, at her homecoming press conference.

Ms. Gray has long been known for her advocacy for underprivileged Filipino children and being a supporter and volunteer of the non-profit organization “Young Focus Foundation” – Freema Salonga

Malacañang on ASF-positive PH: ‘No need to worry’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang believes the Department of Agriculture (DA) is in control of the situation following confirmation of African Swine Fever (ASF) infestation in the country.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, there is no reason to panic about the matter as the DA assured pork meat in markets are safe for consumption.

Nevertheless, it is important to wait for the formal advice from the DA to be certain.

“I think there is no need to worry considering that the DA secretary has not cautioned us not to avoid or not to eat, or to avoid [pork meat],” he said. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Panelo on Sanchez’s clemency plea: ‘No intervention, nothing whatsoever’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 3, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has denied intervention in the former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez’s executive clemency plea.

Panelo has reiterated, during a media briefing on Tuesday (Sept. 3), that the letter sent by Sanchez’s family for an executive clemency request is only a referral letter and not a recommendation.

“I stand by my statement that I have nothing to do, no intervention, nothing whatsoever, it was a referral letter which is consistent with our duty in the office to refer all letters to appropriate agencies that should require their evaluation or action,” he said.

The referral letter was sent to the Bureau of Pardons and Parole (BPP) last February 26, 2019. This was revealed during the Senate hearing on the controversial good conduct time allowance (GCTA) on Tuesday morning.

Based on BPP’s response, the plea of Sanchez’s family was denied due to the heavy crime committed by the former mayor.

Panelo also said he has not been in touch with Sanchez since 1995. However, he admitted that he met with Sanchez’s family in Malacañang.

Meanwhile, Harriet Demetriou, the retired judge who sentenced Sanchez in 1995 said she does not believe that Panelo has no idea about the possible release of the convicted former mayor.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Panelo to file libel charges against INQUIRER.net, Rappler

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 3, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has announced he will file libel charges against online publications INQUIRER.net and Rappler.

This is due to their “malicious” reports about Panelo’s referral letter on former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez’s executive clemency plea.

According to Panelo, the same media outlets reported that he “recommended” the release of the former mayor. He clarified that he only “referred” it to the Bureau of Pardons and Parole (BPP).

READ: BPP: Panelo referred Sanchez’s clemency application

He is referring to Rappler’s article, “Panelo endorsed Sanchez’s letter for executive clemency.” INQUIRER.net also posted a tweet on the same issue.

“As I earlier said in the press briefing this morning, those articles are reeking with malice and it’s libelous in nature because it tends to impute an act to discredit me in public and to tarnish my honor,” he said.

“In view of this, I’m filing a libel case against net Inquirer and Rappler for publishing these malicious articles,” he added.

Panelo also said they are already drafting the said complaints.

In a statement, Rappler said the complaint is merely a diversionary tactic.

Rappler also calls on Panelo to answer the questions about his possible conflicts of interest.—AAC

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