- Malacañang already clarified the recent statement made by President Rodrigo Duterte
- The remark was about the controversial ambush of a former town mayor of Cebu
- Salvador Panelo said that the President is not fluent in the Filipino language
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has defended President Rodrigo Duterte over his recent controversial statement about the ambush of a former town mayor of Cebu.
KAMI learned that the head of state revealed in his speech yesterday that he was the one behind the brutal ambush of Vicente Loot, an ex-mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu.
The said politician, who was tagged by the President as one of the “narco generals,” survived the cruel attack last year, but his drivers and helper suffered injuries.
Duterte stated before new government officials that he ordered the ambush of the ex-mayor, and he even cursed at him for surviving the incident.
"General Loot, p… mo, nanalo pa na mayor. Inambush kita, animal ka, buhay pa rin," he exclaimed.
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A day after the President issued the controversial remark, Panelo came to his defense and stated that the nation’s leader just had encountered difficulty conveying his thoughts in Filipino.
The Spokesperson in Malacañang also straightforwardly clarified that the former Davao City Mayor did not order the ambush of Loot in 2018.
"What the President intended to say was: ‘Inambush ka na, buhay ka pa,'" Panelo reiterated.
"Let us be clear and categorical: The president did not order the ambush of Gen. Loot. It is silly and absurd to conclude that he is behind the ambush just because he misspeaks the Filipino language which is not his native tongue or first language," he added.
In a previous article by KAMI, Duterte lambasted Vice President Leni Robredo for opposing his statement on “gift policy” for cops.
Vicente Loot served as the director of Philippine National Police (PNP) Training Service before entering politics. He was named by the President as one of the 5 “narco-generals” in the country.
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