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Bigating gamitan ‘to! Politiko fans say convenience drives Duterte-Roque relationship

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Majority of Politiko fans believe mutual need fuels the relationship of President Rodrigo Duterte and his spokesperson, Harry Roque.

Results of Politiko’s online poll showed close to six out of 10 netizens expressing belief that Duterte and Roque badly need each other for their own goals.

Duterte needs a brilliant lawyer Roque as a “deodorizer” amid the various criticisms thrown at him.

Roque, meanwhile, needs Duterte’s backing and the publicity that accompanies being a spokesperson to further his senatorial plans.

To the question of whether Roque is a “good fit” as Duterte’s spokesperson, 30 percent answered in the negative because he would supposedly have difficulty defending the President on the issue of extrajudicial killings.

Only 13 percent believe Roque clicks with Duterte.

Politiko’s poll was conducted from November 7 to 14 with 776 netizens as respondents.

Duterte appointed Roque last October to replace Ernesto Abella as his spokesperson. He holds the rank of a Cabinet Secretary.