Radio host Mark Lopez, Thinking Pinoy to the rescue of Sal Panelo amid allegations he used position to seek clemency for former client Antonio Sanchez

In separate Facebook posts, DDS bloggers Mark Lopez and Thinking Pinoy have run to the defense of Malacanang Spokesman Sal Panelo amid malicious allegation he used his position to seek clemency for his former client ex-Mayor Antonio Sanchez.

Lopez was the first to react on Facebook, calling Inquirer and Rappler’s headlines “misleading” and “bugok” (rotten) for posting the screenshot photo of Panelo’s letter addressed to the Board of Pardon and Parole, wherein he endorsed the letter of Sanchez’s daughter for their appropriate action, in accordance with the law.

Lopez said Panelo’s letter was very clear and nowhere did Panelo endorsed that Sanchez is granted clemency.

Lopez said what Panelo was endorsing was the latter of Sanchez’s daugher, as a matter of courtesy and transparency.

Lopez added that this is SOP at BOPP to submit endorsement letters and part of their assessment process.

In the case of Sanchez, Lopez said that Sanchez application for clemency was denied, proof that endorsement letters have no bearings.


Itong dalawang bugok na mainstream media na ito eh ang gusto talaga mang agitate ng taumbayan eh…

Ang linaw linaw nung sulat ni Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo.


Ang nakalagay sa sulat nya ay endorsing the letter of the daughter of Sanchez to the Board of Pardon and Parole for their appropriate action, in accordance with the law.

Ang inendorse ni Panelo eh yung sulat nung anak, as a matter of courtesy and transparency.

At SOP sa BOPP yang mag pa submit ng endorsement letter para kasama sa assessment nila.

Sa kaso ni Sanchez, malinaw din naman na denied ang clemency application dahil madami sya violations while in prison. At walang bearing yung mga request letters.

Harapang panloloko na yang ginagawa nyo Inquirer and Rappler.

Meanwhile, RJ Nieto popularly known as “Thinking Pinoy” appealed in behalf of Malacanang Spokesman Salvador Panelo, asking the public to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Thinking Pinoy said the release of a set of documents to show that there was nothing unusual with his letter and that this was routinely generated by his office is good enough for him. According to Nieto, the burden shifts back the accuser. You may read Thinking Pinoy’s full FB post here.

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