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Harry Roque has become a “joke”, attacks media and VP Leni Robredo following trip to Cebu

He said he had no control over the event as he was only a guest, but ordered local officials to end the event and it eventually did in “less than an hour.”

Following mounting criticism from the public after his visit to Bantayan Island last Friday, an event where health protocols were visibly broken, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque decided to attack Vice President Leni Robredo for also flouting such measures.

Photos show people compressed together, but Roque reasoned that community quarantine protocols allow mass gatherings.

During a virtual briefing on Tuesday, the COVID-19 task force spokesman took the opportunity to deflect blame for the incident to everyone from the local government, the attendees, and even the media.

“I reminded the crowd, I scolded them because I said ‘You need to wait for the vaccine because that is what the president wants’,” Roque said said in a virtual briefing on Tuesday.

He said he had no control over the event as he was only a guest, but ordered local officials to end the event and it eventually did in “less than an hour.”

Roque then showed pictures of Robredo shaking hands with typhoon victims as he questioned why the media failed to report said health protocol violations.

“What hurts my feelings is [they are] taking a stab at me….Why is it always me being attacked by Inquirer or ABS-CBN? How come when it was VP Leni shaking hands, wasn’t that a violation? My request to the media is to be fair,” he said.

Barry Gutierrez, Robredo’s spokesman, went after Roque for pointing fingers.

“I look forward to the day when officials in this administration can be accountable, accept responsibility and commit to doing better, instead of bashing the VP every time the Filipino public call out shortcomings,” he said.

“But I’m not holding my breath. Nagpa mañanita ka sa beach tapos si VP pa rin itututo mo? Wow,” Gutierrez added.

Roque’s strategy to deflect blame was not effective as netizens went on the attack.

Last month, while Robredo was providing assistance to typhoon victims, a video of Roque karaoke singing in Baguio City went viral on social media. He defended himself saying it was just a way for him to unwind.

Roque’s event intentionally wanted to draw crowds, while Robredo’s was filled with typhoon victims, a huge difference, says a netizen.

https://twitter.com/BlackSpecOps/status/1333794853289803780?s=20

Netizens are not buying whatever Roque is trying to sell.

Maybe Roque should just man up and admit his situation, there’d be more dignity in doing so.


Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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