LOOK: Back so soon? Roque attends Cabinet meeting after announcing leave
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has been seen again in Malacañang, just hours after it was announced that he went on leave.
A photo shared by Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go showed Roque at the Cabinet meeting with Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis Tolentino and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, who was also at the Cabinet meeting, told reporters that Roque “has not tendered his resignation.”
Earlier in the day, Roque’s staff announced he has gone on leave.
Duterte’s spokesperson later said he will be abroad starting Wednesday (October 10) and will not be joining the President on his trip to Bali, Indonesia for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Leaders’ Gathering this week.
Roque went on leave days after Duterte said he will not win as senator.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte wants Roque to defer his political plans to 2022 and become the administration’s first Press Secretary instead.