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Party-list Rep. Harry Roque named as new presidential spokesperson


By Genalyn D. Kabiling

President Duterte has appointed Kabayan party-list Representative Harry Roque as his new spokesman, replacing Ernesto Abella, who served in his post for more than a year.

MURDER RAPS FOR US MARINE. Human rights lawyer Attorney Harry Roque (right) tells yesterday the media about the murder charges filed against US Marine PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton for killing transgender Jennifer Laude in a hotel in Olongapo City on Saturday. Laude’s eldest sister Marilou (right) was the one who filed as the principal complainant at the prosecutor’s office in Olongapo City Hall of Justice. (Jonas Reyes)

Kabayan Party-list Rep. Harry Roque is the new Spokesperson for President Rodrigo Roa Dutere. (MB PHOTO)

The President announced the latest addition to his Cabinet during the birthday celebration of Roque in Davao City on Friday night.

“Hindi na congressman, secretary na siya [He is no longer a congressman, he is now a (Cabinet) Secretary],” Duterte said about Roque’s new appointment.

“To make his entrance dramatic, he will be attending the first Cabinet meeting on Monday,” he said, referring to the Cabinet assembly scheduled on November 6.

Roque, a human rights advocate and law professor, is also expected to join the President’s three-day official to Japan this week.

Just a few days ago, the President described Roque as “my senator” when they attended the MassKara festival in Bacolod City.

He previously asked Roque to join one of his foreign trips, saying he respected the lawmaker’s independent views on issues.

Early Friday, Abella’s assistant China Jocson dispelled rumors that the mild-mannered spokesperson was leaving his post after skipping his regular press conference at the Palace.

“He is still Presidential spokesperson. He is carrying out his mandate,” Jocson told Palace reporters about Abella. “He is not here right now and it is not unusual, I have done several briefings on his behalf so there is no — nothing unusual with the Presidential Spokesperson’s absence today,” she added.

Abella, a former pastor and businessman, was named Presidential spokesman in June 2016.


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  • HarveyDee

    pwede …. bagay …. may katerno na si wiguirre … puro basura din naman lumalabas sa bibig ng isang ito .. tulad ni pweshetdente digunggung .. GAPANG at PASAKIT sa PINANGAKONG PANGGAGAG0!!!

    • Cry more losers!

    • juan de la cruz

      Bitter melon attitude, I feel sorry for you.

  • kutitap

    Abella could not stomach anymore justifying Idioterte’s idiot moves and vulgar words.

  • Paul Parenas

    Waste of taxpayer’s money to hire a new spokesperson. PRRD does not need a spokesperson. He likes being in the news. He’s with the press/media day in and day out.

  • Manny Santos

    ayos ang baklitabg Roque papalit Abella me pagka pari si Duatrd me pag ka demonyo kaya kinuha niya si Roque na bayot sipsip buto sa iyot paAndanar babanat sa behind ni Dutard..paano si Mocha?? bka magselos .

  • hot mama

    para na rin sya kumakain ng dinuguan sa mga pagtakip nya sa kagaguhan ni mang kanor… bawal magsabi ng totoo!

  • gilberto amorsolo

    all his effort paid off…