It’s official! Kabayan Partylist Representative Harry Roque is now the President Duterte’s spokesperson, replacing former Secretary Ernesto Abella.
This happened instantly after some rumors circulated that the main reason was due to Abella’s bad performance. But these allegations were cleared by veteran newscaster Jay Sonza, stating that Mr. Abella has important matters do on a special assignment on the next days.
There is a big chance that Abella will be assigned as an envoy of the president, that will be responsible to face western media and put several foreign embassies on a clean slate.
Roque will start with his secretarial post beginning Monday, October 30, 2017.
SURPRISE FOR ROQUE
The sudden move by the president was a big surprise for Harry Roque himself. He made the announcement during Roque’s birthday celebration in Davao City Friday night.
“He’s not a congressman anymore, he’s already a secretary,” Duterte said.
On his facebook account, Roque officially made a statement of his acceptance of the new post.
” After much deliberation and careful consideration, I have decided to accept the President’s offer to be his spokesperson, as was announced by the President himself last night,” Roque stated.
“The statements uttered by the President on human rights issues are precisely what drew me towards the position of spokesperson. Over the past two years, the administration has repeatedly clarified and reinterpreted the remarks of the President,” said the written statement of Roque. “More often than not, the media and the Filipino people have looked to the spokesperson to determine the true intention behind the President’s statements. Thus, the spokesperson plays a pivotal role in confirming the policy of the State. By taking up this position, I intend to refocus the attention of the people more towards the fundamental position of the State, and less towards the manner by which such has been declared.”
Lastly, he said that by accepting the new position, he is not condoning the violence surrounding the government’s anti-drug campaign and continue to value the right to life and dignity of every person.