Duterte names his chief legal counsel, spokesman

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has designated Salvador Panelo as incoming chief presidential legal counsel.

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This was announced by former pastor Ernesto Abella, the newest anointed spokesman for Duterte.

“Mr. Panelo will be his chief legal counsel,” Abella said on Wednesday night.

Panelo, Duterte’s personal lawyer, was initially designated as presidential spokesman.

Incoming Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Panelo’s designation as Palace’s spokesman is only “temporary.”

Abella, also an educator and columnist, was first referred to as deputy presidential spokesman in a video released to the media announcing the latest addition to the incoming Cabinet on Monday night.

“What I’d like to do is to have the office of the spokesman try to articulate as carefully and as clearly as possible the true intentions of the President,” he said.

Abella is the founding president of Southpoint School and a founding member of One Accord Credit Cooperative here.

He also founded The Jesus Fellowship Inc. and Hope of Asia Inc.

A former instructor at Ateneo de Davao College, Abella is also a board member of Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, Philippine Missions Association and Koinonia Theological Seminary.

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