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Roque on a roll! Duterte’s spox gets Twitter-savvy in breaking news


Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque is harnessing the power of social media to get ahead of other officials in breaking news from closed door meetings.

Roque has been tweeting updates on President Rodrigo Duterte’s joint command conference with defense officials on Tuesday night (March 13).

He broke the news about Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II’s creation of a new investigation panel to review the dismissal of drug trading charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa.

Roque also tweeted about Duterte’s wrath upon finding out that state prosecutors had cleared Lim and Espinosa of drug-related charges.

In the past, Roque had been outscooped in reporting about important developments at Cabinet meetings by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

Using his Facebook page, Piñol announced that Duterte had banned foreign explorations in Benham Rise earlier this month.

Roque has said he would talk to Piñol about making important announcements from Cabinet meetings.