Panelo to Pacquiao: Stop criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte.

Panelo to Pacquiao: Stop criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte.


It was never a rule when you criticize the sitting President you gain automatic votes for the upcoming presidential elections.

Most especially if the President is Rodrigo Roa Duterte who has for the last 5 years been consistently enjoying high trust ratings from the people.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and close friend of the President, Salvador Panelo advised senator Manny Pacquiao to stop criticizing Pres. Duterte.

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During is show “Counterpoint” Panelo told Pacquiao that finding fault with Duterte would not work to his advantage.

The advise was given, because of the news that Pacquiao has his sights Malacanang in next year’s national election.

“Ang sinasabi, tatakbo siyang presidente (There’s a rumor that he would run for president),” he said. “Ang payo ko sa’yo Senador Manny Pacquio eh huwag ka nang sumali diyan sa mga kasama mong senador na wala nang nakitang maganda kasi bumabanat ka (My advice to you, Senator Manny Pacquiao, do not join other senators who always criticize [Duterte].) I’m saying this because you are criticizing him).”

Pacquiao was in the news recently when he told media of his dismay as to the handling of the President of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) issue.


Not yet his time


Pacquaio did not answer if he has plans for the 2022 elections, saying its improper to talk abaout the elections since the country is still dealing with the pandemic brought about by the novel corona virus 2019.

Panelo in the same show said it is not yet for Pacquaio to seek higher position in the country.

“Senator Manny, gaya nang sinabi ko sa inyo, this is not your time (Senator Manny, I am telling you, this is not your time),” he said.

Still, Panelo told the boxing legend  that he would never lose his popularity.

“‘Yung sinasabi mo na ‘pag hindi ka tumakbo, mawawala na yung kasikatan mo, hindi totoo ‘yun. Palagi ka ng sikat. Legend ka nga eh (It’s not true that you will lose your popularity if you do not tun. That’s not true. You are always popular. You are even a legend),” he said.

Panelo said the President and his daughter Davao city Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and senator Bong Go are the only personalities that will stand out in the 2022 national elections.

“Ito ang panahon ni Mayor Sara o ni Senador Bong Go at ni Presidente Duterte pa rin. Hindi pa ninyo panahon. Meron pa sigurong darating na panahon (It is the time of Mayor Sara, Senator Bong Go, and President Duterte. It is not yet the time of others. You have to wait for your turn),” he said.



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