‘Tao lang po’: Harry Roque sorry for swimming with Subic dolphins but insists he didn’t violate quarantine rules
By Prince Golez
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday denied that he violated quarantine protocols in his recent visit to Ocean Adventure in Subic Bay.
Roque, however, apologized to those offended by his “side trip” to the popular tourist attraction.
“Even under (General Community Quarantine), ang swimming naman ay allowed because it is a non-contact sport. Wala akong nilabag na regulasyon. Bagamat I recognize na merong siguro iba diyan na na-offend doon sa nakita nilang mga larawan. At para dun sa mga na-offend ko, paumanhin dahil tao lang po,” he said during a virtual presser.
In now-deleted photos shared by the park, Roque donned his swimsuit and swam with the dolphins. The secretary was also seen having a conversation with two people without a face mask on.
“It was not a trip intended for leisure. It was a side trip. I really intended na one hour lang yan dahil alam ko limitado ang oras. Kaya lang sinabi ng may-ari ng beach na sila ang nagpapatakbo nung dolphin encounter, so tinignan ko kung ano yung dolphin encounter,” he explained.