Manila – Most controversial spokesperson of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte dragged in the Senate Inquiry on misinterpreted GCTA Law. Panelo was appointed as Presidential Spokesperson on October 15, 2018, replacing Harry Roque.
Sec. Salvador “Salsalito” San Buenaventura, served as the defense lawyer of prominent politicians such as Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. who was implicated in the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre, Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez who was tried for the 1993 Eillen Sarmienta and Allan Gomez murder and the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos in relation to recovering their ill-gotten wealth.
Panelo also lawyered for former Commission on Election Chairman Benjamin Abalos who was embroiled in the 2007 elections scandal, Philip Medel who was convicted in the murder of actress Nida Blanca and the family of slain racing champion Enzo Pastor. His other clients include celebrities such as Deniece Cornejo in her 2014 rape case against actor Vhong Navarro, and Dennis Roldan who was convicted of kidnapping a Filipino-Chinese boy in 2005.personalities.
His intentions to help his client former mayor of Calauan, Laguna, Antonio Sanchez to enjoy the provisions of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law, unfolded. Immediately afterward, he and President Duterte retracted their support for the execution of the GCTA, which has already freed most of their friends. He is also known to not answer any questions given to him by the media, but rather go around the bush (or forest) and answer any non-relevant responses under the sun instead.
Panelo, also known as the master of masquerading scenarios, wherein some media friends, used to speculate to what the Secretary trying to imply.
Updated: Secretary Panelo reacted on the articles published by Rappler and Inquirer.net related on his letter to the Board of Pardon and Parole on the executive clemency application of rapist and murderer (his former client) Antonio Sanchez.
“Those articles are reeking not only with irresponsibility but with malice and it is libelous in nature because it imputes an act to discredit me in public and to tarnish my honor,” Panelo said in an interview with reporters in Malacañang on Tuesday.
“In view of this, I am filing a libel case against Net Inquirer and Rappler for publishing these malicious articles,” he added.
The complaints are already being drafted by his office, he said.
Panelo was referring to the Inquirer.net tweet that said he wrote a letter “recommending” executive clemency for rape-slay convict Sanchez.
Rappler published an article entitled, “LOOK: Panelo endorsed Sanchez’s letter for executive clemency.”
Secretary Panelo took exception to the use of the words “recommending” and “endorsed.” He demanded a correction from the inquirer.net. but he receive no response yet.
He also mentioned a Rappler article which quoted him as saying he met with members of the Sanchez family in his Malacañang office.
Most recently: Panelo is criticizing Sen.Bong Go…”pumapapel” over the issue tackled in the Senate Inquiry.