- The Palace has commented about the controversial statement of Sara Duterte-Carpio about honesty
- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that he cannot respond to the issue
- However, he also said that honesty may not be a qualification to all the voters
The Palace has spoken regarding the controversial statement of Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. KAMI learned that as of now, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has no opinion whether honesty is an election issue or not.
During a press briefing on Thursday, Panelo said that not all Filipino voters are looking into the honesty of the candidates, as reported by ABS-CBN News.
“For every voter ‘yun, e. Kasi, bakit may nahahalal na hindi honest? Ibig sabihin maraming hindi kinoconsider ang honesty. Depende sa botante siguro iyon,” Panelo said.
Panelo emphasized that it is hard to tell whether the candidate is being honest or not.
“Unang una, ‘yung mga kandidato, you cannot say whether one is honest or not kasi I have no dealings with them. Strictly speaking, you cannot consider a candidate honest or not unless you have personally dealt with him or her,” Panelo said.
In the beginning, Panelo hesitated to directly address the statement thrown by Duterte-Carpio.
"First, I'm not a candidate. Second, it's prohibited for me to make a statement that could be construed or misconstrued as favoring or campaigning against. I'd rather not respond to that question," Panelo said.
When asked about President Duterte’s stand on his daughter’s statement after claiming that the candidates of his own party, PDP-Laban, are “fundamentally honest”, Panelo said that he has to directly ask the President’s opinion about it first.
Panelo also mentioned that the Presidential daughter is entitled to have her own opinion because Philippines is a free country.
Watch the press briefing here:
In a previous report by KAMI, Duterte-Carpio said that honesty should not be issue right now because all of the candidates are "liars" just like everyone else.
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