- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque went on leave
- The reason for Roque’s sudden leave isn’t clear
- He was earlier advised by President Rodrigo Duterte not to run in the Senate because “he would not win”
A member of his staff announced Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque goes on leave starting Monday.
The Inquirer quoted Director Dennis Ting of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) saying, “please be advised that Presidential Spokesperson will be on leave starting today, Monday, October 8. All requests for statements kindly post here for his corresponding response. Thank you.”
Ting, however, haven’t given any reason for Roque’s sudden leave.
Manila Standard posted earlier that President Rodrigo Duterte advised Roque not to run in the 2019 midterm poll because “he would not win.”
He was offered a new position instead, which is quite similar to his job as a spokesperson but the post did not exist yet.
Roque said he would spend a weekend thinking about his options whether to accept the President’s offer or run for a seat in the Senate.
Harry Roque is a Filipino lawyer and a former law professor at the University of the Philippines.
He ran as the first nominee of the party-list group Kabayan or Kabalikat ng Mamamamayan and secured two seats for the Party.
After his winning as president, Duterte requested him to serve as his spokesperson. He was appointed Presidential Spokesperson on October 27, 2017.