JUST IN: Panelo to file a case against Rappler and Inquirer

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Tuesday announced plans to file a libel complaint against two media outfits for claiming that he endorsed the application for executive clemency of convicted murderer-rapist Antonio Sanchez.

Panelo told reporters that he will file charges against the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Rappler over what he believed were malicious reports on his referral of Sanchez family’s letter for clemency to the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP).

The Palace official denied making a recommendation in favor of the release of Sanchez, who was sentenced in 1995 for raping and killing University of the Philippines-Los Baños student Eileen Sarmenta and murdering her friend and fellow UPLB student Allan Gomez.

The BPP denied Sanchez’s appeal, citing the “gravity of the offenses” the former Calauan, Laguna mayor had committed.

GMA News Online has contacted Rappler for comment but has yet to receive a reply as of posting time.

It is also contacting Philippine Daily Inquirer for comment. —With a report from Dona Magsino/KG, GMA News

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