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Meet Peterson Poon, Harry Roque's incoming deputy spokesman

May 07, 2018 - 12:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's newest spokesman is a multi-awarded public speaker who just passed the Bar Exams

Roque to feminists: 'Just laugh' at Duterte's jokes

Feb 09, 2018 - 10:28 AM

'Sometimes, these feminists are really a bit OA,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is glad to announce during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on January 8, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has garnered an approval rating of 80 percent and 82 percent trust rating based on the last quarter survey of Pulse Asia. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque says reduction in PCOO personnel, not tiff with Andanar, caused transcript delay

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The contracts of some PCOO personnel, including those belonging to a transcribing division, are not renewed this year because the country is no longer the host of ASEAN

Malacañang confident Congress will OK martial law extension

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:18 PM

'We see no reason why Congress will not give its usual support to this initiative of the Chief Executive,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the troops during the presentation of command and honors during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) change of Command Ceremony at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on October 26, 2017. Joining the President on stage are Former President Fidel V. Ramos, outgoing AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año, newly-installed AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Former President and Incumbent Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Arroyo and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañan Photo

PH to 'reassess' membership in ICC, if pushed

Dec 08, 2017 - 10:33 AM

If the International Criminal Court violates the principle of complementarity, the Philippines may have to 'reassess its commitment to the Court,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in an ICC assembly of state parties

Jonel Segovia 16, years old, one of the three minors killed in Oplan Tokhang in Brgy. 176 Phase-8, Bagong Silang, North Caloocan City, was taken out at their residence leading to his final rest in peace at Tala Cemetery, Bagong Silang on Sunday. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Harry Roque to address ICC assembly on PH drug war

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The Presidential Spokesman might bring up the possibility of the Philippines withdrawing from the ICC in his December 7 speech

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a press conference at the International Media Center (IMC) on the final day of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s participation in the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 11, 2017, reveals the reason why the President opted not to attend the APEC Gala Night. Roque said the President had to attend to a more important matter concerning four Vietnamese sailors who were rescued from the Abu Sayyaf Group captors. Roque, however, reported that one of the four rescued sailors was already found dead. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

One month of Harry Roque as Presidential Spokesman

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Roque's first month as spokesman shows he enjoys better access to President Rodrigo Duterte than his predecessor, a boon to the media and the public

Don't panic over dengue vaccine, Malacañang tells public

Dec 04, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the worst that can happen to those vaccinated with Dengvaxia with no prior dengue infection is fever and bruising, if they contract dengue at all

Malacañang: Opposition making 'big deal' out of revolutionary gov't

Nov 30, 2017 - 2:30 PM

'Move on na po tayo,' Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says in response to fears of the opposition that President Rodrigo Duterte would declare a revolutionary government

Malacañang says UN rapporteur Callamard incompetent, biased

Nov 22, 2017 - 3:49 PM

After the UN human rights chief condemns Duterte's threat to slap Agnes Callamard, Malacañang says the President should not be judged for his 'colorful language'

UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard delivers a keynote message during the Drug Issues, Different Perspective: A Policy Forum at the UP campus on May 5, 2017. Rappler screengrab

Harry Roque appointed presidential adviser on human rights

Nov 22, 2017 - 3:16 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the concurrent position will help ensure that the Philippine government protects human rights, 'especially the right to life'

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DDB staff complaint vs Santiago 'not gospel truth' – Malacañang

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Did Malacañang verify the letter? Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the process had already been 'overtaken' by Dionisio Santiago's resignation.

Malacañang mum on Uson posting misquote of Trudeau

Nov 16, 2017 - 3:25 PM

'I think it is better left to the PCOO to address,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux 'Mocha' Uson and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque while on board the Philippine Airlines chartered flight prior to their departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Harry Roque bids social media (temporary) goodbye

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Starting November 16, the Presidential Spokesperson's Twitter and Facebook accounts will be handled by PCOO staff

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang keeps faith in China despite ‘island-maker’

Nov 07, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The Philippine government insists China has assured President Duterte it has no intention to reclaim in Scarborough Shoal

Roque on bloggers' call for resignation: Take it up with Duterte

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:13 PM

The Presidential Spokesman maintains he has fulfilled Duterte's orders: 'I stated what I think is right, and I stated what I think is true'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of the newly-appointed officials during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. Swearing in are Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Presidential Spokesperon Harry Roque Defense Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Eduardo Año, and Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Alexander Macario. King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Roque says he respects rights of media, Duterte defenders

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:07 AM

A democracy, says Duterte's spokesman, is based on a citizenry that can discuss issues 'in a rational, informed, and peaceable manner'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque following the oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Rabid pro-Duterte bloggers slam Roque for defending media

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:09 PM

They ask President Duterte's spokesperson to resign after he said he'd explain to supporters how valuable critical journalism had been to the government and even to Duterte's electoral victory in 2016

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. entertains queries from members of the media following his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque denies using provincial presscons for early campaigning

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:24 PM

The presidential spokesman, known to be eyeing a Senate seat in 2019, begins his weekly provincial press conferences in vote-rich Cebu City

Roque fumes at telcos for bad signal in his house

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:00 AM

President Duterte's new spokesman says the signal in his house is so bad, he is forced to take media calls in his garage, clad in his bathrobe

How Harry Roque's first Malacañang presscon went

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:35 PM

The fast-talking new presidential spokesman injects his own style into the regular Palace briefing

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque trusts Duterte won't make claims without factual basis

Nov 02, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Incoming Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says his marching orders from President Rodrigo Duterte is to 'never lie'

Roque to tap 'millennial' deputy spokesman

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The person the incoming presidential spokesman has in mind is a law school student who Roque says is 'better-looking' than him

Roque threatens to throw 'hollow blocks' at Duterte critics

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also tells those criticizing him: 'Mamatay kayo sa inggit'

Things to know about Harry Roque, Duterte's new spokesman

Oct 30, 2017 - 2:34 PM

The human rights lawyer clashes with President Duterte on a number of key issues, such as death penalty and lowering of the criminal age of responsibility

Duterte on replacing Abella: 'Personal decision'

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:50 PM

'I am not about to explain why I did it,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells reporters when asked why he appointed Harry Roque to replace Ernesto Abella

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella provides updates on the ongoing anti-terror operations in Marawi City during a press briefing in Malacañan on June 20, 2017. He announced that a total of 258 terrorists have been neutralized, while 255 firearms were recovered from the terrorists. Malacañan Photo

Ernesto Abella's office says he 'is still presidential spokesperson'

Oct 27, 2017 - 12:43 PM

The Presidential Spokesman's staff say it's uncertain if he will be joining President Duterte when he visits Japan next week

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella reassures, during a press briefing in Malacañan on August 11, that the government will be transparent in all its dealings should the Congress grant President Rodrigo Duterte ‘emergency powers’ to address the country’s traffic woes. ROBINSON NIÑAL/PPD

Palace chides Robredo for calling Nina rehab 'slow'

Jan 04, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The Palace says the Vice President s criticisms suggest a cynical political mindset willing to capitalize on disaster

'CYNICAL.' The Palace criticizes Vice President Leni Robredo for calling government rehabilitation efforts in Nina-hit areas 'slow.' Photo from OVP

Duterte didn't say he 'personally killed' – Andanar

Dec 15, 2016 - 7:39 PM

The President s spokesman advises media and the public not to take Duterte s statements literally

DUTERTE'S STYLE. President Duterte's aggressive manner of speaking shouldn't be taken literally, says PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar. File photo from PPD

Drilon to Andanar: Ask for memo to limit Duterte spokesmen

Sep 19, 2016 - 12:49 PM

The Executive Secretary should issue a written order telling Cabinet appointees apart from official presidential spokesmen to stop talking Senator Franklin Drilon suggests to Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

SPEAKING FOR DUTERTE. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says he is taking criticism 'constructively.' File photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Ernesto Abella, the man who speaks for President Duterte

Jul 16, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The unassuming Ernie Abella faces the challenge of imparting the true intentions of the unpredictable President Rodrigo Duterte

REPORTING FOR DUTY. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella adjusting to his office in the New Executive Building in the Malacañang compound. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Duterte wants to focus on work, not 'little noises' – Palace

Jul 04, 2016 - 1:37 PM

In his first 100 days as Philippine president Duterte is likely to continue giving media the cold shoulder in order to focus on work says his spokesman

WORKAHOLIC' DUTERTE? President Rodrigo Duterte (R) reviews honor guards during the AFP change of command ceremony on July 1, 2016. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Kidnap victim saved by Duterte soon Palace spokesman

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:47 PM

Duterte’s incoming spokesman former pastor Ernesto Abella says he believes in ‘decency’ in the media

ANOTHER SPOKESMAN. Former pastor Ernesto Abella, whom Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte helped save from kidnappers decades ago, will now speak for the President-elect. Photo by Paterno Esmaquell II/Rappler

Panelo vows justice in Maguindanao massacre

May 27, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Duterte spokesman Salvador Panelo a former Ampatuan lawyer quells fears that he can influence the incoming president on the Maguindanao massacre case

DUTERTE'S SPOKESMAN. Incoming presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo speaks during a press conference on the second day of canvassing of votes for president and vice president at the House of Representatives, Quezon City, on May 26, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler