Where’s Harry? Duterte doesn’t endorse Roque for senator despite attending same event
President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t seem to keen on wanting his former spokesperson, Harry Roque, to win as senator despite praising him once as a “fighter for human rights.”
Roque wasn’t among the senatorial candidates endorsed by Duterte at the birthday party of his former adviser on political affairs Francis Tolentino in Cavite on January 3.
Duterte made no mention of Roque even though they were both at the event and were even photographed together.
In comparison, the President aggressively campaigned for Tolentino, former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, who were all running for senator.
Of Tolentino, Duterte said: “Honest worker tapos may credential, abogado. Ano pa ba hanapin mo? Silent worker. Hindi mayabang.”
The President, meanwhile, said Dela Rosa is someone whom he can trust with his life and the presidency because they have been friends for several years.
Duterte previously asked Roque to reconsider running for Senate in exchange for heading the soon-to-be-revived Office of the Press Secretary.
After Roque filed his certificate of candidacy last October, the President remarked that the abogado will not win the senatorial race.