Is Salvador Panelo replacing Roque? Palace spox mum

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Posted at Sep 26 2018 10:04 AM

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday declined to address rumors that Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo is taking over his post.

There have been speculations that Panelo will be tapped as President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson if Roque declares his bid for a Senate seat next month, the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC).

"Hindi pa natin sigurado kung ako ay magfa-file kaya hindi pa po natin dapat pag-usapan kung sino po ang papalit sa akin," Roque told radio DZMM.

(We are still not sure if I will file a COC so we shouldn't be discussing who will replace me.)

"Wala pa pong desisyon po at ipinagdarasal pa natin iyang issue na iyan," he added.

(There is no decision yet and we are praying for that issue.)

Roque would not win in the senatorial elections if it were held this month, according to the Pulse Asia survey released over the weekend.

The Palace official lamented Monday that the Senate race seems to have become a popularity contest in the Philippines, as he called on the public to elect individuals who have knowledge of the laws.