Netizens celebrate the resignation of Harry Roque from the position of presidential spokesman.
Roque on Monday filed his senatorial bid after stepping down as Pres. Duterte’s mouthpiece. He told reporters that he had already asked the permission of Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio before leaving.
“Babalik po tayo sa larangan ng pulitika, babalik po tayo sa Kongreso, sa Kamara ng Senado. Nagpaalam na tayo kay Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte at kay Mayor Sara Duterte,” Roque said.
“Kinakailangan po mag-ingat-buhay para sa hanapbuhay at ‘yan naman po ang dahilan kung bakit babalik tayo sa larangan ng pulitika. Babalik po sana tayo sa Kongreso ng Pilipinas doon po sa kamara ng Senado,” he added.
Roque decided following the rejection of his nomination to the International Law Commission (ILC).
And apparently, no one is going to miss him. Actress Agot Isidro was one of the many who celebrated Roque’s departure. She said it was good to see Roque and the mandatory use of face shields go in a tweet.
Today is a great day!!!
No more face shield!
No more Harry Roque! pic.twitter.com/MK6fiw267I
— Agot Isidro (@agot_isidro) November 16, 2021
Many shared Isidro’s sentiment.
Harry Roque 'bout to have a lose streak this upcoming elections
— Color Minded (@_mikosalazar) November 16, 2021
It seems Roque being on tv all the time was more annoying than wearing face shields in public places.
Dati Human Rights Lawyer si Hari Ruke now Human Rights Violator na siya??? Iba talaga si Digong lahat nababaligtad niya!!!
— Malouh Laxamana (@LaxamanaMalouh) November 16, 2021
Duterte-Carpio expressed her support for Roque’s campaign.
“Ibigay natin ang todo at buong suporta natin para sa kaniyang kandidatura para sa Senado.
“We will see you in the Senate, Senator Harry Roque,” she said.
One of the reasons why Roque is running for senator is to prevent the candidates of the US-based human rights groups who opposed his nomination to the ILC from getting elected.
Meanwhile, Karlo Nograles will replace Roque as presidential spokesman for the time being.