By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte is confident that Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque would perform well in his job as new Presidential spokesman.
In a press conference before leaving for a three-day visit to Japan on Sunday night, the President said Roque is “very competent” to convey his message to the public.
“By the way, meet the new spokesman ng Malacañang, Presidential spokesman. He will carry my word to the public and he’s very competent, able, lahat na,” Duterte said.
“It’s in the messaging, actually. We cannot speak the same words altogether but how he would convey that message from me would be most important. I trust that he’d be able to come up to the expectations,” he added.
Roque, who facilitated the President’s press conference in Davao, immediately thanked Duterte for the “honor” to serve in government.
Roque, a human rights advocate and a lawyer, has recently been appointed the President’s spokesman, replacing Ernesto Abella who served for more than a year.
When asked why he replaced Abella, the President said it was a personal decision which he refused to elaborate.
“The reason is my personal decision. I am not about to explain why I did it,” he said.
Asked if Abella will be appointed to another post, the President said: “I will answer you when he’s there.”
Roque’s appointment was announced by the President during the congressman’s birthday celebration in Davao City on Friday night. Roque has been directed to attend the Cabinet meeting on November 6.
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