Atty. Panelo to sue Inquirer, Rappler for libel

Atty. Panelo to sue Inquirer, Rappler for libel



Presidential Spokesperson and concurrent Presidential Legal Counsel just ha enough and is now making his counter move ad against some media outfit.

 Online news outlets Inquirer.net and Rappler may soon be facing libel charges for publishing reports claiming that Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo “recommended” or “endorsed” the granting of executive clemency for convicted rapist-murderer, former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez.

Panelo said he will be filing appropriate libe complaints against the two news outfits for their “malicious reports which are meant to discredit him.
Atty. Salvador Panelo
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Inquirer.net used the word “recommended” while Rappler used the word “endorsed” when Panelo insisted he only referred the letter to the appropriate agency or department.
“I’m filing a libel case against Inquirer.net and Rappler for publishing these malicious articles immediately,” Panelo said in a media interview on Tuesday but did not give an exact date when to file the charges.

Because of the words used in the report, Panelo said, “people are saying now that I really did something about the so-called release.”
The Presidential spokesperson reiterated that he merely wrote a letter to the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) to act on the request of Sanchez’s daughter, Marie Antonelvie, to grant her father pardon but “never recommended anything.”
“The application was referred to the Bureau of Pardons and Parole [sic] for their evaluation. We have nothing to do with it. But then they’re writing an article saying I recommended, I did not,” Panelo said.

He said he asked both Inquirer.net and Rappler to correct their reports but they have not tried to do so.
“I demanded rectification from NetInquirer (Inquirer.net) but I have not received any report from them. I sent a text earlier just before the press briefing. I also texted Pia (Ranada of Rappler) and I told her no intervention, I explained to her but she has not responded. She just said ‘got it.,’” Panelo said.



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