Palace rejects quit call

Malacañang on Saturday rejected the challenge of opposition Senate candidate Gary Alejano to President Rodrigo Duterte and his spokesman Salvador Panelo to resign over the oust-Duterte matrix that linked a lawyers’ group and several media outfits to an alleged destabilization plot.

Panelo dismissed Alejano’s claim that the oust-Duterte matrix was “utterly irresponsible” and unverified.

“It’s arrant nonsense, like all his other statements,” Panelo told The Manila Times in a text message.

“Other than saying that, his challenge is undeserving of a response,” he added.

On Friday, Alejano hit Panelo for supposedly misleading the public that the matrix was gathered from reliable intelligence information.