Comedian and actor turned director John “Sweet” Lapus questioned Harry Roque’s gender preference in response to a Twitter question.
On his Twitter account, Lapus had a Q&A session #AskSweet where his followers got to ask him for his opinion on various subjects.
A Twitter user then asked Lapus what would he do if Roque flirts with his boyfriend.
Kunyari po, nag flirt sa bf mo si Harry Roque, ano po gagawin nyo po? #AskSweet
— Mang Inasar (@Mang_INASAR) June 11, 2020
“Kunyari po, nag flirt sa bf mo si Harry Roque, ano po gagawin nyo po?” the netizen asked.
Seryosong tanong, bakla ba sya? https://t.co/HBNlKdzK5Q
— John Lapus (@KorekKaJohn) June 11, 2020
“Seryosong tanong, bakla ba sya?” Lapus replied.
This reply gained reactions from netizens who are also questioning Roque’s gender.
Meanwhile, some other netizens requested not to attack Roque his sexuality.
Guys, pls don't try to insult Harry Roque by calling him bakla. All the gay people I know are decent, smart, have integrity and beautiful. I am offended by the thought that harry is part of that beautiful community.
— Phenomenal²⁴ (@WomanityMP) June 18, 2020
Hindi nakakatuwa na sinasabi niyong bakla si Harry Roque. Una, we do not claim him. Pangalawa, pake ba natin kung bakla siya or not? Baka nakakapromote pa tayo ng mga dangerous na stereotypes! Magfocus na langa kaya tayo sa kademonyohan niya at ng gobyernong ito.
— elj #SulongWagPatinag (@jayberwockee) June 11, 2020
Tantanan na 'yung innuendo na bakla si Harry Roque. Wala tayong pakialam kung straight siya, bi, bading, o halaman. Pakialaman natin kung sino ang kanyang pinagsisilbihan.
— Jerry B. Grácio (@JerryGracio) April 17, 2020
In October 2018, many netizens also reacted to a statement of Roque during his guesting in Gandang Gabi Vice.
In a segment of the show, Roque was asked to read tweets attacking him.
“Si Harry Roque nabaliktad ang metamorphosis. Mula sa pagiging isang social butterfly papuntang uod,” a netizen tweeted.
“Well, eventually. Uod man magiging butterfly ulit. So, inggit ka lang. You’re stuck as an uod,” Roque clapped back.
This caused Vice Ganda to ask Roque if he is a butterfly. Roque then replied, “Butterfly tayo! At siya, uod pa rin.”
Vice then called him “Mariposa”.
“Isa kang mariposa! Taray, paru-paro! Baklang toh!” the host said.
Roque was affable during his entire guesting on the said show.
Roque has been very controversial recently because of his straightforwardness and uncontrollable language. This caused many people to question his gender preference.
Roque has a wife and two children though which should answer some people’s questions.