Senator Ping Lacson said during the June 19 Kapihan sa Senado forum in Pasay City that it seems Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s mind set is a defense counsel appearing for China in a courtroom.
‘’Yung statement na nakakita agad siya ng butas doon sa pahayag ng mga fishermen, parang ang mindset niya defense counsel na nag eenter ng appearance for China, if he was in a courtroom, ganun ang dating,” Senator Lacson said.
“Kasi parang nakita niya agad na: ‘nakita niyo iba ‘yung sinasabi ng [fishing vessel] cook?’ But of course ‘yung cook nasa Malacañang ‘nung tinatanong at nagkaron ng transcript at kinonvert into a sworn statement,” he added.
“Subliminal ‘yun eh, para sa akin. ‘Yung kanyang reaction kaagad: ‘nakakita ako ng butas, so walang kasalanan yung China.’ Ang expression na ganun, parang ang dating kaagad parang defense counsel siya ng China,” he added.
During the June 18 Palace briefing, Panelo said that “may mga circumstances that give doubt to the version, kaya kailangan imbestigahan na talaga natin. Formal inquiry na kailangan dito.”
“The President is a very cautious person and as a lawyer he is trained to listen to all sides especially because there are adversarial claims. Iba-iba eh. Iba-ba ang version nito. Iba iyong version, kaya lalong nagiging maingat siya, kasi he does not want this blown into an international crisis,” Panelo added.