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Easing of Metro Manila quarantine restrictions after July 15 unlikely – Roque

Jul 14, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says current data does not indicate quarantine restrictions can be relaxed further in the coming weeks

CASES RISE. Personnel from the North Avenue MRT 3 Station in Quezon City check passengers on July 6, 2020, after 186 of its workers tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang: ABS-CBN franchise rejection is 'decision of Filipino people'

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:06 PM

President Spokesman Harry Roque again claims the controversial decision has 'no chilling effect,' supposedly because ABS-CBN is mostly engaged in producing entertainment content

Malacañang respects House panel rejection of ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jul 10, 2020 - 5:51 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque continues to claim that the Duterte administration has kept a 'neutral stance' on ABS-CBN, despite the Chief Executive's repeated threats against the network since 2017

BIG LOSS. Candles are lit in front of ABS-CBN on the day a House committee thumbed down its franchise renewal. Photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

Harry Roque's Husky puppy dies after getting hit by alleged Transportify driver

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:26 AM

Transportify is yet to verify if the driver was one of theirs. Facebook users react strongly to the company's initial statement, demanding action and accountability.

BELOVED PET. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque's wife Mylah posts a photo of her and her puppy Trebs. Photo from Mylah Roque Facebook

Roque admits 'slow' ramp-up of testing capacity at start of pandemic

Jul 09, 2020 - 7:14 PM

Harry Roque, spokesperson of the COVID-19 task force, says testing capacity should have been immediately expanded as early as the country's first imported case

COUNTRY PLAYS CATCH-UP. Presidential Spokesperson and IATF Spokesperson Harry Roque admits lapses in the government's coronavirus response. Malacañang file photo

Philippines lifts travel ban on Filipinos

Jul 07, 2020 - 3:06 PM

Tourism is allowed, too, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

TRAVELERS. Overseas Filipino Workers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in May 2020. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Roque defends Anti-Terror Law, says safeguards 'enough' to protect rights

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:57 PM

'Terrorists, beware of the Anti-Terror Law, pero iyong mga hindi naman po mga terorista, huwag po kayong mag-alala. Sapat-sapat po ang mga safeguards sa batas mismo,' says Roque

CRITICS 'SAFE'. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says safeguards in the Anti-Terror Law are enough to prevent its abuse. Malacañang file photo

'No alternative' but lockdown if rising coronavirus cases continue, says Roque

Jul 06, 2020 - 3:08 PM

'Pag lumala talaga at mawalan tayo ng critical care capacity o di kaya yung case doubling rate ay bumalik sa dating napakabilis, wala po tayo alternatibo,' Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

VIRUS THREAT. Commuters waiting for buses observe physical distancing as they queue along EDSA in Quezon City on July 3, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Gov't to allow religious gatherings at 10% capacity in GCQ areas

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Services besides haircuts will be allowed in salons and barber shops, too, pending official guidelines

CLEANSING. A Worker disinfectS pews at a Catholic church in Quezon City on May 19, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Not leisure,' says Roque about swim with dolphins at Ocean Adventure

Jul 02, 2020 - 3:03 PM

As head of the Strategic Communications Task Group of the National Task Force COVID-19, Harry Roque is responsible for ensuring that Filipinos understand quarantine restrictions and other health policies designed to fight the pandemic

Photo from Daily Guardian and Ocean Adventure Facebook pages

[OPINION] Harry’s rapture and the pandemic in our political leadership

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'

Harry in a hurry? Roque claims ‘victory’ based on incomplete COVID-19 data

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:32 PM

(UPDATED) As of June 29, the health department actually reported 47,347 positive cases already

WE BEAT UP'! Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque congratulates the nation for 'beating' UP researchers' prediction of 40,000 cases by end of June. Malacañang file photo

‘Extremely saddened’ Duterte wants to talk to 9 cops in Jolo ‘misencounter’

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:54 PM

'Lungkot na lungkot siya. Ang ginamit nga niyang salita ay siya ay ‘nanlambot, extremely sad,’ says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 30, 2020. Malacañang photo

Netizens mock Roque's congratulating PH for 'beating' U.P. experts' COVID-19 prediction

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The study in question predicted that coronavirus cases could shoot to 40,000 by the end of June

Roque spins again: 'We beat the UP prediction…Congratulations, Philippines!'

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Given the still rising numbers, Roque's exuberance is misplaced, to say the least

'WE BEAT UP'! Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque congratulates the nation for 'beating' UP researchers' prediction of 40,000 cases by end of June. Malacanang file photo

School enrollment period extended to July 15 – Roque

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:51 PM

'Pwede ba ho ngayon palang, kapag pu-pwede na, i-enroll na natin ang ating mga anak,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

ENROLLMENT EXTENDED. Grade 6 teacher Rea Aniasco, on May 29, 2020, arranges the classroom chairs into 20 piece. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Palace goes on defensive as PH leads in rise of virus cases in Western Pacific

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Malacañang presents its own list to refute the World Health Organization's findings, but half of the countries included are not part of the WHO Western Pacific region

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Local police reminds proper distancing to commuters entering Metro Manila from Cavite as they crowd for buses at the PITX in Parañaque City mid-morning on June 23, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

National task force to 'evaluate' Cebu City's COVID-19 response

Jun 20, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The national government is also considering tapping a 'Visayas deputy implementer' to oversee the region's coronavirus efforts

Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. Residents who got their blood extracted for testing will be given five kilos of rice from the barangay. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Roque hits Morales for seeking delay in universal healthcare law implementation

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:50 PM

PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales had earlier sounded the alarm over PhilHealth's funds given the drop in contributions due to the coronavirus pandemic

Malacañang hails late Danding Cojuangco's 'immense contribution' to economy

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also recognizes how Cojuangco's company, San Miguel Corporation, helped in efforts against the novel coronavirus

SC TIES. San Miguel Chairman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr here seen with his counsel Estelito Mendoza, who is reportedly known for having ties with several SC justices. File photo by AFP

Duterte 'inclined' to sign anti-terror bill – Roque

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:13 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Chief Executive has until July 9 to act on the controversial bill before it lapses into law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 15, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

6 LGUs appeal for stricter quarantine protocols ahead of Duterte decision

Jun 15, 2020 - 6:33 PM

Cebu City, one of the country's coronavirus hot spots, wants to be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine again

QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS. Mall goers follow social distancing as they enter a mall in Cebu City after the province is placed under general community quarantine on June 1, 2020. Photo by Geo Litonjua/Rappler

Malacañang claims Duterte supports free press but leaves out threats vs media

Jun 15, 2020 - 4:55 PM

After the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque uses President Rodrigo Duterte’s backing of a Davao-based journalist in an old libel case as proof he supports press freedom

DEFENDING PRESS FREEDOM? President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 28, 2020. Malacañang photo

As lawmakers change votes, Malacañang yet to receive anti-terror bill

Jun 08, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Days after the highly divisive anti-terror bill hurdled Congress, the House still has not released the official breakdown of how lawmakers voted

PROTEST. Groups march from Philcoa to the UP Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020, to protest against the passing of the anti-terrorism bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Malacañang says Bayanihan Act to expire June 25, but Constitution says no

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:03 PM

'The Constitution takes precedence over ordinary legislation,' says Senator Drilon on Malacañang's assertion

NO ACTION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte did not certify Bayanihan 2 bill as urgent, which would have extended the validity of programs under Bayanihan Act. Malacanang photo

Gov't changes mind: Kids, seniors must stay home even under MGCQ

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Even under the most relaxed form of community quarantine, those 21 and below, the elderly, and pregnant women can only leave their residences to obtain essential goods or to work

Baguio City First day of Modified General Community Quarantine,  Baguio City Mayor Magalong The public is advised to be extra vigilant after Baguio City recorded two confirmed Covid - 19 cases. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Malacañang: ‘We need the concerted effort of everyone’ in GCQ, MGCQ areas

May 31, 2020 - 1:51 PM

'The government cannot fight COVID-19 alone,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as the country further eases quarantine measures

SAFETY FIRST. Face mask-wearing shoppers at SM Megamall practice physical distancing while lining up to enter the premises on May 16, 2020. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duterte admin giving returning OFWs 'VIP treatment' – Roque

May 30, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Malacañang responds to a labor group that condemned the government for its 'garbage-like treatment' of migrant Filipino workers

Returning OFWs who finished thier prolonged mandatory quarantine queue outside the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange on May 28, 2020, to return to their respective provinces through the Balik Probinsya program. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

No coronavirus emergency cash aid for June – Roque

May 30, 2020 - 2:23 PM

An exception may be made for families living in areas that have been placed under localized ECQ by mayors and governors

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Malacañang seeks 90-day extension of Duterte special powers for COVID-19

May 30, 2020 - 1:39 PM

The executive branch wants the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act to be valid until September 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 28, 2020. Malacañang photo

Salons, barbershops allowed in GCQ areas starting June 7

May 30, 2020 - 1:14 PM

Only haircutting will be allowed. Facials, eyebrow services, and nail services are still prohibited, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

"Gupitan" a salon and barbershop along Timog Avenue in Quezon City on May 30, 2020, prepares for the reopening of its services as the government relaxes its quarantine measures allowing for a slow and calculated return of businesses to a new normal. Transparent plastic sheets mounted of pvc pipes will serve as dividers to help avoid the spread of the virus. Face shield, mask and gloves will ensure very minimal or no contact at all to comply with the IATF rules on the GCQ. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cebu City, more VisMin areas to be on GCQ starting June 1

May 30, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Central Visayas, Mandaue City, and Zamboanga City are also added to GCQ areas after President Rodrigo Duterte initially placed them under the more relaxed modified GCQ

Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. Residents who got their blood extracted for testing will be given five kilos of rice from the barangay. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Harry Roque now Bong Go's mouthpiece too?

May 28, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The Presidential Spokesman defends Senator Bong Go in reaction to a Rappler article about how the Duterte aide benefits from state media coronavirus coverage

Roque: Classes to resume virtually if community quarantine lasts until August 24

May 26, 2020 - 4:36 PM

Students in areas without internet access may attend barangay 'makeshift classes' with radio or TV sets, says the presidential spokesperson

CYBER SCHOOLING. Students' faces appear on tablets perched on robots during a "cyber graduation" ceremony in Taguig City on May 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH's actual coronavirus tests far behind 'estimated capacity' of 32,000

May 25, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque boasts some 32,000 tests can now be conducted. But in reality, only over 8,000 tests are being done per day.

TESTING. Health workers of Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City, swab the nose and mouth of suspected COVID-19 patients for PCR tests on May 13, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte orders OFWs stuck in Metro Manila to be brought home this week

May 25, 2020 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Some 24,000 overseas Filipino workers remain stranded in the capital region due to severe delays in the release of test results and certificates

BACK HOME. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila on April 2, 2020. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

First wave, second wave? Duterte officials clash on where PH is in pandemic

May 21, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Malacañang insists the country is still in the first wave and downplays as a 'small thing' the difference with Health Secretary Duque's statement

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 11, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque refuses to publicly apologize to CNN PH reporter

May 20, 2020 - 12:53 PM

'Whatever it is I owe Trish, I’ve talked to Trish,' says the Duterte spokesman, who acknowledged his error in attributing the article to reporter Triciah Terada but stopped short of apologizing to her in public

Harry Roque scolds reporter – the wrong one – during live briefing

May 20, 2020 - 12:25 AM

In the end, the question is left unanswered: why can't government do widespread mass testing for the novel coronavirus?

BACK AGAIN. President Rodrigo Duterte re-appoints lawyer Harry Roque as presidential spokesperson. Malacañang file photo

NUJP says Roque owes CNN Philippines, reporter an apology

May 19, 2020 - 9:38 PM

'Officials who earn public ire for their pronouncements should not blame journalists who are merely doing their jobs,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, MGCQ: Who can go where?

May 19, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Confused by travel restrictions under different levels of community quarantine? Here's your guide to what's allowed and what isn't.

IN TRANSIT. Traffic builds up at a checkpoint along Marcos Highway on Sunday, May 17, 2020, the 2nd day of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Government to rely on private sector to boost coronavirus testing capacity

May 18, 2020 - 7:31 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the government is working on increasing daily coronavirus testing capacity to 30,000 by the end of May

MORE TESTS. Philippine Coast Guard medical technologists wearing Personal Protective Equipment prepare to test possible COVID-19 patients at a newly installed swabbing center at the Palacio de Maynila tent along Roxas Boulevard in Manila on May 5, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Palace warns Metro Manila to be on lockdown again if coronavirus cases rise

May 18, 2020 - 3:38 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also warns malls and other commercial establishments they risk closure if crowd control measures are not in place

BACK IN OPERATIONS. Mall goers seen in SM Megamall on May 17, 2020. Photo courtesy of DTI

Malacañang: Lockdown eased for economy, not because we're safe

May 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

'We must understand that we have started to slowly ease restrictions in order to revitalize the economy, and not because we are safe,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Workers prepare to open SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City on May 16, 2020, as MECQ starts. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Home religious services allowed under MECQ

May 16, 2020 - 1:42 PM

(UPDATED) Priests, imams, rabbis, and other religious ministers may conduct religious services in houses as long as health protocols are observed, says the government

A catholic priest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Quezon City celebrates mass via online streaming on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP readies criminal charges vs Sinas for birthday gathering

May 14, 2020 - 3:27 PM

Malacañang says administrative sanctions will have to be approved by President Rodrigo Duterte since Major General Debold Sinas is his appointee

VIOLATION? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas parties with cops at Camp Bagong Diwa on May 8, 2020, despite a ban on public gatherings under quarantine. NCRPO photo.

Social distancing 'per family' at Typhoon Ambo evacuation centers

May 14, 2020 - 3:15 PM

As the first typhoon hits the Philippines amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials say families should stay at least one meter apart from other families at evacuation centers

EVACUATION CENTER. In this file photo, families stay in tents inside an evacuation center in Tanauan City, Batangas, during the eruption of Taal Volcano in January 2020. File photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

FALSE: Roque says Duterte receives P460 million monthly from POGOs

May 13, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Roque did not say this quote, and Inquirer.net says the graphic was manipulated

FALSE: Roque warning vs GMA, TV5 on criticizing Duterte

May 11, 2020 - 6:44 PM

Roque did not warn other networks about criticizing the President in his interviews on May 6. Inquirer.net says the quote card was manipulated.

Types of private construction now allowed under ECQ

May 09, 2020 - 12:17 PM

'Priority' private sector construction works like housing, food production facilities, and energy facilities can now take place even under the strictest form of community quarantine

The P80-million quarantine center thats being constructed as of the moment at Block 27 of the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. The center can house at least 130 patients with only suspected cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) with severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) and those with influenza-like-illnesses (ILI) will be accommodated in the facility. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler