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Netizens want Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s press briefings aired live following Harry Roque’s ‘not for public consumption’ remark

Roque also said that Malacañang is planning on holding a live press briefing to clear up any rumors about the president’s health.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque explained on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte’s public addresses are being edited out because not everything is for ‘public consumption.’

“We’re editing it because it’s not just an address to the nation, it’s also a meeting with select members of the Cabinet. We edit out the portions which are not for public consumption,” he told Rappler reporter Pia Ranada.

“That is why there is executive privilege. That’s why we edit the airing of his messages because it’s intertwined with the meeting of some of his Cabinet members,” he added.

Roque also said that Malacañang is planning on holding a live press briefing to clear up any rumors about the president’s health.

“We’re talking about it,” he said.

“Let’s see first if the press briefing will take place. If it does, it will have to be similar to what we are having right now,” he added.

Roque once again said that Duterte himself will tell the public if he is indeed suffering from a serious illness.

“He’s a lawyer, he knows his obligation, he took an oath as a lawyer and as President to uphold the laws of the land and the Constitution,” he said.

“The Constitution only says if there is a serious illness is there an obligation to reveal to the public the details of his health condition,” he added.

Karen Davila praised Ranada for pressing Roque on important issues.

Netizens do not think it is right for the government to suppress information from the public, regardless of what was originally said in the briefings.


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