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UP prof Danny Arao dares Harry Roque to resign: Alam kong di mo nasisikmura ginagawa mo!

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University of the Philippines journalism professor Danny Arao has challenged presidential spokesperson Harry Roque to resign or turn his back altogether on fighting for human rights.

During the Black Friday protest for press freedom in Quezon City, Arao recalled the days when he fought alongside Roque, a former law professor at UP, for human rights and other civil liberties.

“May mga ebidensya tayo, mga litrato, mga video, para magpatunay na ang mga pamamahayag mo noon ay naaayon sa kalayaan sa pamamahayag. Ano na ang nangyari sa’yo?” he asked.

Arao dared Roque to resign if he cannot stomach speaking for a “repressive” President and admit his latest job is a way to boost exposure for his political plans.

“At kung ayaw mo magbitiw sa tungkulin, talikuran mo na ng tuluyan ang sinasabi mong pagiging stalwart ng karapatang pantao at kalayaan sa pamamahayag at aminin mo na na ito ay isang oportunistang layunin mo lamang para manalo sa susunod eleksyon,” he said.

“Harry, sana ay nakikinig ka ngayon. Kailangan mong magbitiw na dahil alam ko deep inside hindi mo nasisikmura ang ginagawa mo,” Arao added.

Roque earlier dismissed the allegation of online multimedia site Rappler that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s revocation of its articles of incorporation was an attack on press freedom.

The protest in Tomas Morato was held in response to the closure order on Rappler.