Counterpoint with Secretary Salvador Panelo

Summary

Counterpoint with Secretary Salvador Panelo is a Filipino public affairs talk show hosted by Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo. It is produced by the Presidential Broadcast Staff - Radio Television Malacañang (also known as RTVM). After Panelo was replaced by Harry Roque as Presidential Spokesperson in mid-April 2020,[4] he created the program as a new platform for voicing his arguments for and defense of the actions taken by the government under President Rodrigo Duterte. The show premiered on People's Television Network (PTV) on May 1, 2020.

Counterpoint with Secretary Salvador Panelo
Genre
Created bySalvador Panelo
Presented bySalvador Panelo
Country of originPhilippines
Original languagesEnglish, Filipino
No. of episodes17[1]
Production
Production locationsNew Executive Building, Malacañang
Running time18–65 minutes[2][3]
Production companyPresidential Broadcast Staff - Radio Television Malacañang
Release
Original networkPeople's Television Network
Original releaseMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01) –
present
Chronology
Preceded by Bagong Pilipinas Afternoon Edition

BackgroundEdit

In October 2018, Salvador Panelo replaced Harry Roque as the Presidential Spokesperson of Rodrigo Duterte, as Roque aimed to run for congress in the 2019 midterm election.[5] In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic became a threat the Philippines and forced President Duterte to declare an enhanced community quarantine for the entire Luzon area, he reappointed Roque as Presidential Spokesperson on April 13, with Panelo explaining that the crisis "requires a new task in messaging."[6]

Production and airingEdit

Counterpoint was created by Panelo as a new platform for "discussing the issues affecting our country", as well as "analyze, dissect issues raised by certain critics and others against certain policies of the government".[7] Shot at the New Executive Building of Malacañang,[2] the program began airing on PTV in the Philippines on May 1, 2020, and is simultaneously broadcast on social media pages of the Philippine government.[7][8] Each episode is subsequently posted on YouTube after broadcast by the RTVMalacañang.[2][9][3][10]

ControversyEdit

Panelo's remarks from the program's May 4 episode, which described the COVID-19 pandemic as potentially an "invasion" and grounds for martial law, was criticized by the National Union of People's Lawyers as "constitutionally preposterous" and led Harry Roque to announce that Duterte disagrees with Panelo's position.[11][12] Panelo later clarified that his remarks were for the purpose of a "theoretical discussion".[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "RTVMalacanang Uploads". YouTube. YouTube, LLC. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c RTVMalacanang (May 5, 2020). "Counterpoint with Secretary Salvador Panelo 5/1/2020". YouTube. YouTube, LLC. Retrieved June 9, 2020. New Executive Building (NEB), Malacañang
  3. ^ a b RTVMalacanang (May 18, 2020). "Counterpoint with Secretary Salvador Panelo 5/11/2020". YouTube. YouTube, LLC. Retrieved June 9, 2020. New Executive Building (NEB), Malacañang
  4. ^ CNN Philippines Staff (April 13, 2020). "Harry Roque returns as Duterte's spokesperson". CNN Philippines. Metro Manila: Nine Media Corporation. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  5. ^ Billiones, Trishia (October 15, 2018). "Harry Roque turns back on Malacanang, seeks return to his 'happy place'". ABS-CBN News. Manila: ABS-CBN Corporation. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  6. ^ Esguerra, Darryl John (April 13, 2020). "Harry Roque returns as Duterte's spokesman". Inquirer News. Manila, Philippines: INQUIRER.net. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Kabiling, Genalyn (May 1, 2020). "Panelo launches TV show to defend Duterte from critics". Manila Bulletin. mb.com.ph. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  8. ^ PTV (May 8, 2020). "WATCH: Counterpoint with Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo | May 8, 2020". Facebook. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  9. ^ RTVMalacanang (May 5, 2020). "Counterpoint with Secretary Salvador Panelo 5/4/2020". YouTube. YouTube, LLC. Retrieved June 9, 2020. New Executive Building (NEB), Malacañang
  10. ^ RTVMalacanang (June 9, 2020). "Counterpoint with Secretary Salvador Panelo 6/8/2020". YouTube. YouTube, LLC. Retrieved June 9, 2020. New Executive Building (NEB), Malacañang
  11. ^ Aguilar, Krissy (May 5, 2020). "Nope, Duterte doesn't share Panelo's view of COVID-19 as 'invasion' — Palace". Inquirer News. Manila, Philippines: INQUIRER.net. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  12. ^ Relativo, James (May 4, 2020). "Martial law dahil sa 'invasion' ng virus, kalokohan — NUPL". Pilipino Star Ngayon. Manila, Philippines: Philstar Global Corp. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  13. ^ Aguilar, Krissy (May 5, 2020). "Panelo clarifies 'invasion' remark meant to spur 'academic, theoretical discussion'". Inquirer News. Manila, Philippines: INQUIRER.net. Retrieved June 9, 2020.