Duterte-Panelo tête-à-tête postponed anew

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    FOR the second time this month, President Duterte postponed his one-on-one interview with his legal counsel and spokesman, this time because he was under the weather.

    Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, concurrent presidential spokesman, went on air Tuesday night over government channel PTV 4 to apologize to the public that had waited for their televised “tête-à-tête.”

    The event was initially scheduled last week but had to be postponed because the President had to attend to “pressing family matters.”

    Malacañang did not elaborate on what the pressing matter was.

    Last night, Panelo, who was already at the ceremonial hall, addressed the public and said “sorry” for keeping them waiting. The event was set for 5 p.m. before it was moved to 6 p.m.

    “Good evening televiewers and our countrymen. I’m sorry that you had to wait for some time for the tête-à-tête with the President. However, the President is presently under the weather. He had several meetings yesterday and he had to pore on many documents.

    Hence, he does not feel well today,” Panelo said.

    Duterte on Monday night received in Malacañang the ambassador of New Zealand, David Strachan, who paid a farewell call.

    Last week, he met the family of Filipino worker Roderick Aguinaldo who is detained in Bahrain, led the distribution of government aid to former New People’s Army rebels who surrendered to government in Leyte, attended the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Inc. general assembly in Pasay City, led the distribution of aid to Taal Volcano victims in Batangas, attended the Sinulog Festival in Cebu, led the inauguration of terminal 1 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu, and administered the oath of office to PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa.

    Panelo said the “tête-à-tête” would again be rescheduled “perhaps next week.”

    Panelo, prior to the event, said he was going to ask Duterte about national issues confronting the country, like novel coronavirus, the latest on the new agreements with the water concessionaires, the Visiting Forces Agreement, among others.

    Panelo, last year, also hosted a tête-à-tête with the President, wherein they discussed issues on traffic, and telecommunications, among others.