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[EDITORIAL] Spokesperson ba, ’ka mo? Akala ko troll!

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

When the policies are indefensible, the tough spokeswoman goes trolling

Harry Roque goes on leave

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The Presidential Spokesman goes on leave on the week of the filing of candidacy for the 2019 elections

Senate: Hearing on Ethical Standards for Public Servants. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang clears Robredo in supposed Duterte ouster plot

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo 'was not among those specifically named to be part of the conspiracy,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MASS FOR PEACE. Vice President Leni Robredo joins the Mass for Peace at De La Salle University on September 21, 2018, the anniversary of Martial Law. Photo by OVP

Roque taps former Senate President staff to be deputy spokesperson

Jul 26, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque asks Pip Chungalao, a graduate of UP College of Law and former staff of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, to be his deputy

Roque's top pick for deputy spokesman backs out

Jun 04, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says Peterson Poon, who he was grooming to be his deputy, has said he is 'not ready for a political post'

New PNP spokesman is former UN officer, Harvard graduate

Jun 02, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana is appointed chief of the Philippine National Police Public Information Office, effectively becoming spokesperson of the 190,000-strong police force

NEW SPOKESMAN. Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana at a speaking engagement. Photo courtesy of Leaders International Christian School of Manila

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

Duterte 'relieved' after North, South Korea agree on peace

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:33 PM

'Of course everyone is relieved because we were all looking at the prospects of a nuclear encounter in our backyard,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Dutere arrives at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on April 26, 2018 to deliver his speech prior to his departure for the ASEAN Summit in Singapore. Malacañang photo

Malacañang: 'No casinos in Boracay, period'

Apr 10, 2018 - 6:15 PM

But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque does not elaborate on President Rodrigo Duterte's views on casinos in the popular island

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roque taunts UN rights chief: Your country has no democracy

Mar 10, 2018 - 7:24 PM

'I would hope that although you do not have the same democratic system in your home country of Jordan, you will respect the kind of democracy that we have in the Philippines,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque holds a press briefing for the Malacañang Press Corps at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on February 19, 2018 where he said that Special Assistant for the President Christopher Lawrence Go did not intervene on the Frigate Acquisition Project. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Harry Roque pirouettes for Duterte

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The Presidential Spokesman changes his tune on at least 3 issues he championed as private lawyer – the West Philippine Sea, extrajudicial killings, and press freedom

Roque claims mainstream media doesn't report the truth

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says pro-Duterte bloggers have become viable sources of information for netizens who don't trust media outlets critical of the administration

Presidential Spokesperon Atty. Harry Roque responds to follow up question after the press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

New PNP spokesman Bulalacao to fight fake news, propaganda

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao assumes his post as the PNP's new spokesperson a day after a Senate hearing on fake news and two days after the relaunch of their controversial Oplan Tokhang

NEW VOICE. Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao is the new spokesperson of the Philippine National Police. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Harry Roque denies encouraging fake news

Jan 31, 2018 - 12:00 PM

But President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman also says, 'Lies are part of the free marketplace of ideas'

Presidential Spokesperon Atty. Harry Roque responds to follow up question after the press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque: I'll resign if Duterte tramples on press freedom

Jan 21, 2018 - 12:27 AM

'Bakit po ako nagpapatuloy bilang isang Spokesman? Dahil naniniwala ako at naninindigan din po ako na ang Pangulong Duterte ay sang-ayon din at sumusuporta sa malayang pamamahayag,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

WHO CHANGED? Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says his human rights advocacy has not changed since he joined the Duterte administration. Malacañang photo

Duterte has nothing to do with NBI subpoena vs Rappler – Malacañang

Jan 20, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Rappler says it found it 'interesting' that Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque knows more details about the case than the respondents, who have yet to receive a copy of the complaint

NO HAND? The Palace says President Rodrigo Duterte had nothing to do with the subpoenas issued against Rappler. File photo by Malacañang

UP journalism professor dares Duterte spokesman to resign

Jan 19, 2018 - 9:57 PM

Danilo Arao of the UP College of Mass Communication says that for defending Duterte, Harry Roque, former human rights lawyer, has disappointed a growing number of friends who are lawyers and journalists

HARRY ROQUE. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during a press conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on January 4, 2018. Photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Martial law in Mindanao, PDEA’s war on drugs, NBA updates | Evening wRap

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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Malacañang: ’Perpetual’ martial law will never happen

Dec 28, 2017 - 3:48 PM

'Martial law in perpetuity is a scenario that neither the President, Congress or the Supreme Court will allow as it is patently unconstitutional,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

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

'Nakakaabala': Commuters slam Roque for MRT3 'PR stunt'

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:35 PM

'Harry Roque's MRT stunt is so fake, you can actually buy it at Greenhills,' reads one tweet

Harry Roque's MRT3 experience: 'Not that bad'

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:40 PM

During the presidential spokesman's train ride covered by media, one passenger is overheard wondering, 'Bakit pa kailangan dito magpa-presscon?'

President Spokeperson Harry Roque on Thursday during his ride at the MRT-3 to experience the daily commuters sentiment on the over crowded MRT-3.Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte's former spokesman goes to DFA

Nov 23, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Ernesto Abella – abruptly replaced by Harry Roque as presidential spokesman – is now undersecretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs

Selfie kings: Bong Go, Harry Roque pose with APEC leaders

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Some of the most historic encounters between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and world leaders are documented by top aide Bong Go through selfies

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 to explain value of journalists to Mocha Uson, 'DDS'

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:05 PM

'I hope Asec Mocha will accept being a student of the spokesperson,' says President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman

Indonesian terrorist, Roque on Duterte, NY terror suspect | Evening wRap

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:16 PM

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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

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Oct 30, 2017 - 1:22 PM

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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

'Spokesperson Roque' hopes to advise Duterte on human rights issues

Oct 28, 2017 - 1:50 PM

'The charade is now over as Roque is liberated and obligated to be the President’s official apologist,' says opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman in response to the Palace post of Kabayan Representative Harry Roque

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON. President Rodrigo Duterte has tapped Kabayan Representative Harry Roque as his new spokesperson. Photo from the Twitter page of Harry Roque

Presidential Spokesman Facebook account posts troll-like comment

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The 'Office of the Presidential Spokesperson' Facebook account, a verified one, commented at around 11:30 am, 'si pia at si lourd devera pantay na sa kakupalan'

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

Marawi homecoming, Lorraine Badoy, Facebook cybersex | Midday wRap

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:19 PM

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Lorraine Badoy appointed PCOO usec, spokesperson

Oct 18, 2017 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Badoy as PCOO undersecretary for new media and spokesperson

Palace calls for calm after twin Quiapo blasts

May 07, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The police says it is not a terror attack because the bomb had a specific target

TWIN EXPLOSIONS. Explosions rock Quiapo near the Islamic Center on May 6, 2017. The first explosion took place around 6pm killing 2 people. Two hours later, another explosion took place at the exact spot just as the police and SOCO are wrapping up their investigation. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ASEAN Summit in Manila to tackle West PH Sea

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:21 PM

New DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the upcoming ASEAN Summit will also be a chance to show the best of the Philippines

NEW SPOKESMAN. Veteran diplomat Robespierre Bolivar, the new Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman, says the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Manila will tackle the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute among other issues. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Guess who is being tapped as DPWH spokesperson

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Lawyer Karen Jimeno is also eyed as the Department of Public Works and Highways undersecretary for legal affairs

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: Panelo a ‘temporary’ spokesman

May 24, 2016 - 2:11 PM

Duterte is on the look out for a presidential spokesperson He has given himself until the second week of June to finalize his appointments

File photo of Salvador Panelo by Jerald Uy

PODCAST: Georgina Hernandez on the cliffhanger VP race

May 21, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Leni Robredo’s spokesperson calls for vigilance in the lead up to the canvass of votes

Duterte's spokesman Salvador Panelo and his high-profile cases

May 18, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Salvador Panelo serves as the legal counsel of Andal Ampatuan Jr before quitting in 2015

Palace, politicians: Thank you, Pia, for this Christmas gift

Dec 21, 2015 - 12:21 PM

UPDATED The Aquino administration celebrates with the nation calling Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach a tremendous source of pride

CROWNED. Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (C) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

PH climbs 5 notches in WEF competitiveness rankings

Sep 30, 2015 - 6:22 PM

UPDATED Since the start of the Aquino administration the Philippines has moved up a total of 38 places from 85 in the 2010 2011 report to 47 in the latest one

MOST IMPROVED. Since the start of the Aquino administration, the Philippines has moved up a total of 38 places, from 85 in the 2010-2011 report to 47 in the latest one. Background image from Shutterstock

'Binay must be his own spokesman'

Jun 28, 2015 - 1:15 PM

The Vice President is pressed to deal with his biggest communications gaffe: his refusal to directly confront the corruption scandal tainting his candidacy

New Binay spokesman: 'Talk to my coordinator'

Jun 27, 2015 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED Vice President Jejomar Binay s new spokesperson has made some of his former colleagues in the media industry wonder if he s up to the task He says however that it was just a misunderstanding

NEW BINAY SPOKESMAN. The Vice President taps former Cainta mayor and veteran broadcast journalist Mon Ilagan as his spokesman. He is also the United Nationalist Alliance spokesman. Photo from Mon Ilagan's Facebook page

Spokespersons, not Binay, field resignation questions

Jun 24, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay does not entertain questions from journalists after his 10 minute speech explaining why he resigned from the Aquino Cabinet

QUESTIONS FOR BINAY. After delivering a speech on June 24, 2015, explaining his resignation from the Aquino Cabinet, Vice President Jejomar Binay leaves his spokespersons – (from left) Mon Ilagan, Lito Atienza, Harry Roque, JV Bautista – to answer journalists' questions.

MRT upgrade, West PH 101, lechon smuggle | The wRap

Jan 06, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Malacanang says MRT and LRT improvements are about to begin The DFA wants the China conflict taught in schools Did VIP inmates use lechon or a roasted pig to smuggle contraband?

AFP's new spokesperson is former liaison officer with US military

Nov 29, 2014 - 2:20 PM

Colonel Restituto Padilla Jr assumes the post at a time when the Philippines and the US are hoping to immediately implement the newly signed EDCA

NEW SPOKESPERSON. Col Restituto Padilla Jr (middle), receives the Defense Meritorious Service medal and citation from Admiral Samuel J Locklear, Commander of US Pacific Command (left) during the latter’s meeting with AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio P Catapang Jr (left) on October 14. File photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines