Panelo says Duterte has not sued any of his critics but Davila asks: What about sedition charges vs de Lima, Trillanes?

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador will probably think twice about guesting on ABS-CBN after getting fact-checked on air by “Hot Copy” host Karen Davila.

Panelo claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte has never charged any of his critics in court.

“Tandaan mo, Karen, this man has been the subject of so many harassment, many character assassination, he never sued anybody. Mayroon ka bang nabalitaan? Kung papaano siya murahin nila (former Senator Antonio) Trillanes, (Senator Leila) De Lima at kung sinu-sino pa. He has been pictured as a murderer but he never, he ever put anybody,” boasted Panelo on Davila’s show.

SEC. PANELO: Aba’y kung ano ang gusto nilang i-discuss eh di manunood tayo. Alam mo, sabi nga ni Presidente doon sa KBB, kahit anong gawin ninyo basta ang gusto ko lang, katotohanan – murahin ninyo ako, siraan ninyo ako, okay lang. Kung totoo, sige gawin ninyo. Ang ayaw ko kung ang ginagawa ninyo ay puro kasinungalingan eh doon tayo hindi nagkakasundo.

But Davila was quick to point out that Panelo glossed over the charges filed against Trillanes and de Lima by his administration while trying to “portray the Preident as a victim.”

Trillanes was recently charged for sedition for the release of “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video of the fake whistleblower “Bikoy” while De Lima has been in detention at Camp Crame since 2017 for illegal drug charges.

Panelo, however, insisted that the President had nothing to do with these cases. “Teka muna, teka muna. Iyong sinasabi mong sedition, tandaan mo, mayroong nagdi-determine whether may probable cause for a particular crime – hindi si Presidente iyon – trabaho ng DOJ (Department of Justice) iyon, mga imbestigador,” he said.

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