Roque sorry for tweeting ‘Agnes Legarda,’ not ‘Christine Lagarde’

Pia Ranada
Roque sorry for tweeting ‘Agnes Legarda,’ not ‘Christine Lagarde’
(UPDATED) President Duterte's spokesman says he was probably thinking of UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard when he tweeted about IMF head Christine Lagarde

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Philippine Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque Jr may have been a bit too excited about posting on social media about his meeting International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

On Friday, November 10, Roque tweeted and posted on Facebook about the meeting in Vietnam but erroneously referred to Lagarde as “Agnes Legarda.”

In the photo, he is standing beside Lagarde in the middle of a jampacked day in Da Nang, Vietnam where he is part of the Philippine delegation attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.

This is Roque’s first international conference as President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman.

The erroneous tweet, posted at 9 pm, was deleted around 1 am and replaced with a tweet properly stating Lagarde’s name. It was also at this time when Roque responded to Rappler’s request for clarification.

Roque admitted it was a mistake.

Mali lang talaga. Corrected na (It was wrong. It has been corrected),” said the spokesman.

He explained how he might’ve thought of the name “Agnes Legarda.”

“Actually, she (Lagarde) was joking that Loren is her cousin. I thought it might be true because the Legardas who I know are of French descent,” said Roque in a mix of English and Filipino.

As for the name Agnes, he might have been thinking of United Nations rapporteur Agnes Callamard who has recently returned as a favorite topic of the President’s.

“Don’t know why I wrote Agnes. I know the special rapporteur because we were in a panel once. I guess I was thinking of her,” he said. –

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at