outbrain
Close  

Calida’s remarks to ABS-CBN reporter only a ‘joke’

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 06:50 PM February 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo on Wednesday downplayed Solicitor General Jose Calida’s confrontation with an ABS-CBN reporter, saying it was just a “joke.”

“Parang pakwela niya lang yun. Parang ako rin yun minsan. Joke lang yun (Just a joke),” Panelo said in an ambush interview when sought for his reaction on the issue.

ADVERTISEMENT

After Calida filed the quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN, he confronted the TV network’s reporter Mike Navallo for allegedly always criticizing him.

Navallo, who also a lawyer, said he was only doing his job by pursuing the story.

FEATURED STORIES

“Baka ang ibig niyang sabihin (Maybe he meant that), only the lawyers are entitled to the copy,” Panelo said.

“Very meek ang dating (He was meek), very quiet, hindi naman siya grandstander (Not a grandstander). Wala, napakabait na tao nun (He’s a good man). I vouch for him,” he said of Calida.

Calida’s actions towards the reporter drew criticism from several groups including the members of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) who said his “self-professed superiority does not speak well neither of the office he represents nor of the profession.”

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: ABS CBN reporter, Mike Navallo, Office of the Solicitor General, OSG, Palace, Salvador Panelo, Solicitor General Jose Calida
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.