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Prez Duterte’s ‘address to the nation’ is not a press conference but a ‘tete-a-tete’ with Sec Panelo — Roque

President Rodrigo Duterte bids farewell to the send-off party as he prepares to board a flight bound for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on September 5, 2018, following a successful official visit to the State of Israel. (Photo courtesy: PCOO)

Hours before the scheduled ‘address to the nation’ of President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang announced its cancellation on Tuesday, September 11.

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However, in a quick statement issued by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, he insisted that nothing was canceled and the 3 p.m. address of President Duterte to the nation will push through under a modified format. He also addressed that there might be a misunderstanding on the said ‘address to the nation’ of the President.

“Whatever it is, it will proceed. Your questions have been collected and will be asked,” said Roque as he clarified the supposed scheduled ‘press conference’ of the chief executive. He also added that the questions gathered from the media will be included in a “tete-a-tete” with Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo.

One of the reporters justified that an advisory was issued on Monday for the supposed conference, however, Roque refuted and asked who issued the said advisory.

In the end, he insisted that the order was under Duterte’s digression.

Earlier, at around 2:00 pm, reporters received a message that the press conference was taken out of Duterte’s Tuesday events.

“Hi all, I would like to relay that the PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) press conference today is no longer included in today’s activities,” said Media Relations Undersecretary Mia Reyes.

However, minutes later, Duterte’s new schedule was sent which includes a “tete-a-tete with Sec Panelo” at 3:15 pm.  The event only allowed the coverage of state-run PTV4 and close-in presidential media.


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