"He was really making a joke", Panelo said.
"The fact alone na nagtawanan ang mga tao e di joke nga".
Duterte is "entitled" to make jokes even if he is the chief executive and his pronouncements somehow make an impact on national policy, his spokesperson said.
TRUE to his unique sense of humor, President Duterte sent journalists scrambling once again on Monday following a "joke" that he had used illegal drugs during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Singapore last month.
A few of his audience during the awarding ceremonies for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Organizing Council chuckled at the admission of the President, whose brutal crackdown on drugs has claimed thousands of lives and stirred global furor.
"One joke does not make him a bad leader", he added.
"There's his crudeness, there's his inappropriate jokes, but he got elected".
But he repeated the joke later on Monday when asked about extending martial law on the island of Mindanao, he said: "It might be during the cabinet meeting, after the pot session, so we can think clearly", The Guardian reported.
Sen. Grace Poe told ANC television she was "not surprised" at the President's latest remarks.
"If I want to joke, I will joke".
"The President has said many explosive things", she said. "I am definitely not a stockbroker", Ressa told CNN Thursday, after news of the charges broke.
It was the first conviction in Duterte's brutal war on drugs, which has killed upwards of 5,000 people - mostly the urban poor - and even prompted a preliminary investigation by the worldwide criminal court for crimes against humanity.
"You can not deprive any person - not because he is the President - to crack jokes". "We know we are doing something right, we know that what we are doing is critically important right now". Will anti-drug agents dare to raid Malacañang, the presidential palace, now that its occupant has admitted to using drugs?
"Leaders of the country should be careful [about] giving out messages because our words influence our [government] policies", he said.
Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano 3rd in 2014 filed House Bill 4477 (Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act), which aims to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
"If you're in a position of power, you have the luxury of joking about it or deflect all investigations".