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‘A means of unloading’: Roque sings in Baguio as Cagayan towns are flooded

Aika Rey

SINGING. Presidential Spokesperson Harry was heavily criticized for singing at a restaurant in Baguio in a viral video.

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says his merrymaking was only a 'means of unloading' after a hectic week

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was heavily criticized for singing in a restaurant in Baguio City on Friday, November 13, as massive flooding brought nearby province Cagayan under water.

Roque defended himself from criticisms, saying that he was only unloading “after a hectic week.” The video showing the presidential spokesman jubilantly singing “Pare Ko” went viral on Saturday, November 14.

“Just when I thought I could unlade a little after a hectic week/s, my unremarkable singing as a means of unloading goes public and I get a beating,” said Roque.

Roque’s merrymaking on Friday was a day after Typhoon Ulysses left the country, while several towns and cities are still submerged in floods.


Twitter users slammed the presidential spokesman for celebrating on the same night when horrific images and sounds of residents pleading for rescue in Cagayan went the rounds on the web.

Going “back to the most pressing matter at the moment,” Roque said his family will send rice donations to victims in Alcala, Cagayan.

In the past 3 weeks, the country was ravaged by strong typhoons QuintaRolly, and Ulysses in the middle of the pandemic.

Around 80 people were killed in the typhoons’ wake, while billions worth of property and agriculture were damaged. – Rappler.com

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.