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Documents found in POGO raid reveal Harry Roque’s funding of travel companion turned executive assistant

Despite this, online discussions surged, questioning De La Serna’s qualifications to be Roque’s travel companion.

Social media erupted recently after documents retrieved from a raided Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) hub in Pampanga revealed that former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque had funded a travel companion who later became his executive assistant.

The Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) conducted a raid at the Lucky South 99 compound in Porac, Pampanga, a known POGO hub where authorities previously discovered illegal drugs and torture instruments. During this operation, papers bearing Roque’s signature were discovered.

Among the documents was an appointment paper designating Alberto Rodulfo De La Serna as Executive Assistant III in the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson from January 4, 2021, to December 31, 2021.

Additionally, an affidavit of support indicated that Roque would financially support De La Serna’s travel to Poland, Ukraine, and Italy from October 9 to 18, 2023. Roque cited the need for a travel companion due to his health issues, including diabetes and coronary conditions, to accompany him as an invited resource person for an event on the Peace Process in Ukraine.

Roque defended the documents, stating they belonged to his former long-time staff now studying near the POGO hub in Clark. PAOCC spokesperson Winston John Casio confirmed Roque had served as a lawyer for Whirlwind Corporation, which leased property to Lucky South 99, and stressed that neither Roque’s lawyering nor the discovery of De La Serna’s documents constituted suspicious activity. He added that the body is not investigating De La Serna.

Despite this, online discussions surged, questioning De La Serna’s qualifications to be Roque’s travel companion.

Social media users highlighted De La Serna’s past as a male pageant contestant and questioned his medical field experience.

Some humorously suggested that a medical professional, such as a nurse or caregiver, would have been a more appropriate travel companion for Roque given his health claims.

The revelations have added a layer of intrigue to the ongoing scrutiny of POGOs and the various figures associated with them.

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