MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's "address to the nation," scheduled at 3 p.m. Tuesday, will proceed but will be in a different format, officials said.
Duterte will still face the nation, but it will just be a one-on-one with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, which Special Assistant to the President Bong Go earlier said will be “showbiz type.”
In an interview with ANC after the news broke, Panelo said "there was never a press conference" planned for Tuesday afternoon, as it would only be "a conversation between me and the President."
"There was no backing out because there was no press conference in the first place. What I know from the very start is I would be asking questions," he said.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the address will be a close-in event with state media PTV 4 and RTVM. Reporters from other media outfits may however submit their questions.
Roque clarified that "no cancellation happened," contrary to an earlier announcement from Malacanang.
Duterte's supposed address to the nation comes at the heels of several issues hounding the government, including the soaring prices of food due to the quickening inflation and the revocation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty.
As of 3:00 pm, the tags Duterte, Panelo, and Malacanang, were among the top trending topics on microblogging site Twitter.