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Duterte names Nograles as acting Palace spokesperson

MANILA – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday named Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles as acting presidential spokesperson, replacing Harry Roque who filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator in the 2022 national and local elections.”So kung maaari ikaw na lang sana ang acting… Read More

Mission accomplished’, Roque on his journey as Palace spox

MANILA – Secretary Harry Roque described his journey as Malacañang spokesperson as “mission accomplished”, few hours before he went to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator in the May 2022 elections.”Ito na po ang huling… Read More


Malice in 2 stories ‘very clear’

MANILA – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Sunday lashed out at the daily broadsheet Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) for publishing two reports about groups opposing his nomination for a seat at the UN International Law Commission (ILC), a body of experts tasked with developing and… Read More


PDP-Laban eyes PRRD in senatorial slate: Cusi

MANILA – The ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to run for Senate in next year’s election.Cusi said in an interview with Daily Tribune’s online program Wednesday that putting… Read More

Roque hints about possible 2022 senatorial bid

MANILA – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has dropped a hint that he would run for senator in the May 9, 2022 national and local elections as a substitute candidate.While he reiterated that he is still praying for guidance on his possible senatorial bid, Roque alluded that he is willing… Read More

Roque hoping for ‘miracle’ of Sara Duterte running for president

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is hoping for a “miracle” that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte would run as president in the May 2022 national elections.

Roque is still undecided about running for senator in the 2022 polls but will consider pushing through if Sara, who filed her candidacy for reelection in Davao City, changes her mind.

He made this remark after the People’s Reform Party (PRP) disclosed that he is among the senatorial candidates of the political party formed by the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

“Unang-una po, umaasa pa rin tayo na gaya ng sinabi natin na nais natin tumakbo kasama po si Mayor Sara, ‘yan po yung pinaka importanteng konsiderasyon. (We are still hopeful that I could run together with Mayor Sara, that’s the most important consideration),” he said in a Palace press briefing.

Roque acknowledged that Sara herself has dismissed substituting for other candidates, but he is still hoping that she would rethink this decision.

“Habang hindi pa po tapos ‘yung substitution marami pa rin pong umaasa. Alam ko po sinabi niya hindi na talaga, pero malay niyo naman po magkaroon ng milagro (While substitution has not ended yet, there are still those hoping. I know she said she won’t run, but a miracle could still happen),” he added.

Political parties only have until November 15 to replace their candidates for the 2022 polls.

Roque said he was also considering the huge amount of money needed to campaign for a national position.

“Ako po’y hindi anak mayaman, hindi po ako anak politiko. Napakatinding paghamon ‘yung salapi na kinakailangan para tumakbo (I was not born with rich parents and I am not the child of politicians. The amount needed to run for a national post is a huge challenge),” he added.

On October 2, Sara filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for her third and final term for mayor.

She did not give in to her supporters’ clamor for her to run for president in the 2022 polls up to the last minute of the COC filing last October 8.

Instead, it was former Philippine National Police chief, Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, who filed his COC for president under PDP-Laban. He is also a member of Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago party.

In a press statement last Friday, PRP vice president Rey David said Roque is expected to join former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. in the PRP Senate slate as a substitute candidate.

He said the party is also hopeful that Sara would reconsider her political decision and run for the presidency. (PNA)