Solon urges Palace to sanction Roque over ‘insensitive’ remark on Covid vaccine

  • House Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano criticized Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque for saying the public cannot be picky with our covid vaccine
  • He said Roque was “arrogant and insensitive” for saying it
  • Paduano cited that Under Section 4, paragraph C of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, officials must act with justness and sincerity

A lawmaker urged the Malacañang to sanction Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque over his recent controversial remarks on the government’s COVID-19 vaccine program.

Image by House Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano via Facebook

House Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano called out Roque for his “insensitive and arrogant” remarks when he stated that the public has no choice on our COVID-19 vaccine. In a statement, Paduano said Roque should be reprimanded for his statement that has caused a stir among the public.

Paduana stressed that amid the ongoing pandemic, government officials should show sympathy and not arrogance.

“The remarks of Roque reeks of insensitivity and arrogance. Sa panahong ito, ang pagiging arogante ng pananalita ni Sec. Roque ay hindi makatutulong bagkus magpapalala lamang ng sakit sa damdamin ng ating mamamayan,” he said.

“Gaano ba kahirap magpakita ng simpatya sa panahong ito? The least we can expect from him is to show remorse, and yet, none is coming,” he added.

Paduano expressed his disappointment over Roque’s arrogance that only worsened the anguish of the people. The lawmaker cited that Under Section 4, paragraph C of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, “public officials and employees must act with justness and sincerity and shall not discriminate against anyone, especially the poor and the underprivileged.”

Image by Harry Roque via Facebook

Paduano also reiterated that as much as he is confident with the Inter-Agency Task Force under Sec. (Carlito) Galvez in securing COVID-19 vaccines for the Filipino people, everyone shouldn’t turn a deaf ear to “cocky remarks.”