Reactions To Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo's Statement About Human Rights Lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney

The Internet Isn't Happy About Spokesperson Panelo's Statements Regarding Amal Clooney

Was that 'maganda pa, sexy' comment really necessary?
PHOTO: (AMAL CLOONEY) Michael Brochstein/Getty Images, (TWEET) Twitter/NicoleCurato

On July 9, 2019, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney's law firm announced that she will be part of a legal team representing renowned Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, who is facing a number of criminal cases such as tax evasion and cyber-libel.

That same day, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told the press, "Palagay ko naghahanap lang sila ng katapat ko... E kasi 'pag kaming dalawa nagde-debate ni Maria, medyo kawawa naman kasi hindi naman siya abogado. Kailangan may abogado siya. Maganda pa, sexy."  

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He added, while laughing, "I'm excited to debate with her [Amal]... Nabola lang niya si Attorney Amal. Misinformed kasi si Attorney Amal. Siguro kapag nagkita kami, to use the word of the President, I can educate her." 

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These statements did not sit well with many Filipinos, who took to Twitter to express how they felt. 

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Upon reading (and hearing) the news, most people did a double take. This GIF says it all: 

Panelo reduced Amal to a pretty face and a sexy body and people are NOT HAPPY. 

Was that "maganda pa, sexy" comment really necessary?

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He actually claimed that he would ~educate~ her. 

ICYDK, Amal is an international human rights lawyer, has law degrees from Oxford and NYU, and has worked in the United Nations, among others. Salvador Panelo, also a lawyer, served as President Rodrigo Duterte's Chief Legal Counsel for several years and is a former Director of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

Some are even listing down Amal's many impressive achievements: 

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Basically, they're saying that Panelo should refrain from making any more *embarrassing* comments like these. 

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