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Whistle-blowers in Philhealth-Wellmed scam arrested

Oct 04, 2019 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Lawyer Harry Roque is requesting the Ombudsman to take over so the whistle-blowers can qualify as state witnesses

ARRESTED. Whistleblowers Liezel Aileen De Leon and Edwin Roberto (1st and 2nd from left, in the background) are arrested over estafa cases related in the Philhealth-Wellmed ghost dialysis scandal. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Harry Roque aborts senatorial bid | Evening wRap

Feb 01, 2019 - 10:15 PM

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Harry Roque withdraws from Senate race

Feb 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says he is dropping his Senate bid due to health reasons

NO LONGER RUNNING? Former presidential spokesperson posts on Facebook that he has bowed out of the Senate race. Rappler screenshot

Colmenares, Roque back national minimum wage for Filipinos

Jan 27, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The senatorial bets argue that prices of basic goods may even be higher in the provinces compared to Metro Manila

HIGHER WAGES. Filipino labor groups have long been calling for a national minimum wage in the Philippines. Photo from the Makabayan bloc

No to Chinese workers replacing Filipinos – Mar Roxas

Jan 27, 2019 - 6:56 PM

'Kung gano'n ang tulong nila sa atin, 'yung ayuda, 'yung pautang nila sa atin, hindi na bale,' says opposition senatorial candidate Mar Roxas

NO TO CHINESE WORKERS. Mar Roxas says he opposes the influx of Chinese workers "replacing" Filipinos. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Roque says no to death penalty in drug crimes

Jan 27, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque contradicts the Duterte administration on death penalty for drug-related crimes

NO TO DEATH PENALTY. Harry Roque says he opposes the reimposition of the death penalty for drug-related crimes. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Harry Roque: Overhauling Constitution for federalism ‘not realistic’

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If he becomes senator, Roque would back only 3 changes to the 1987 Constitution, rather than a sweeping revision as proposed by Duterte's Consultative Committee and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

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#TheLeaderIWant: Harry Roque on being his own man

Dec 06, 2018 - 6:58 PM

How different would a Senator Harry Roque be from a Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque? Rappler interviews the People's Reform Party bet.

Faster justice? Let judges actively investigate facts of case, says Roque

Nov 23, 2018 - 4:28 PM

The senatorial bet and former Duterte spokesman bares part of his eyed legislative agenda on the 9th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the kin of the Maguindanao Massacre victims at the Malacañan Palace on November 23, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pork barrel scam, Binay vs Binay, Baste Duterte | Evening wRap

Oct 17, 2018 - 8:35 PM

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TIMELINE: Harry Roque's days of indecision on Senate bid

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Even President Rodrigo Duterte admits to having been frustrated by his former spokesman's changing plans on running for senator

DEFENDING A JOKE. Images from Robinson Niñal Jr and Yancy Lim/Presidential Photo

Harry Roque wants to channel Miriam Santiago at Senate

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'Mumultuhin na po kayo ni Miriam Defensor Santiago sa pagkatao ni Harry Roque,' says the former mouthpiece of President Rodrigo Duterte

Harry Roque speaks to the media outside the Comelec office in Manila after filing his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After days of indecision, Harry Roque forges on with Senate bid

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Going against the advice of President Rodrigo Duterte, Harry Roque decides to run for senator under People's Reform Party

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

Harry Roque drops Senate bid to run for party-list rep

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Harry Roque drops his Senate bid and will run for Luntiang Pilipinas partylist representative instead, upon the advice of President Rodrigo Duterte

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

The Unravelling of Harry Roque

Oct 13, 2018 - 8:45 AM

It's been a crazy week for the presidential spokesman. But will a few days define the course of his 2019?

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018 that P19-million worth of assistance has been released to the families and individuals affected by the Mayon Volcano eruption in Albay. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sal Panelo, Filipino words in Oxford dictionary, nuisance candidates | Evening wRap

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:56 PM

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Sal Panelo is Duterte's new spokesman

Oct 11, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Salvador Panelo will serve both as presidential spokesman and chief presidential legal counsel until President Rodrigo Duterte finds a replacement for the latter position

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo shares the complaints being lodged by concerned citizens 8888 Hotline during the inauguration of the People's Television (PTV) Cordillera Hub at Lualhati Compound in Baguio City on March 11, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Kabayan: Roque sent 'feelers' to be 2019 nominee

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:17 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the supposed request is 'absolutely false'

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

Cayetano resigning as foreign secretary – Duterte

Oct 09, 2018 - 6:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte announces that Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has plans to seek a congressional post in 2019, prompting him to look for a replacement

DFA Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano during Congress budget briefing on the 2019 proposed budget on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Harry Roque on leave, Padre Pio heart relic, Banksy | Midday wRap

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:15 PM

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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

SWS survey on democracy, Harry Roque, Chris Evans | Evening wRap

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:39 PM

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Cabinet revamp looms as 6 to 8 Cabinet members seen to run in 2019

Oct 05, 2018 - 4:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte could lose as much as a fourth of his Cabinet members by October 17, if Palace officials' projections are correct

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte asks Roque to reconsider Senate run

Oct 05, 2018 - 3:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte offers Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque a new position in his administration but Roque says he needs the weekend to think things over

Duterte disagrees with Año bid to disqualify officials from 2019 polls – Roque

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte is aware that local officials can't be disqualified from running in the upcoming elections unless they are convicted for crimes or lapses with finality

Photo from Boracay PNP

Zamboanga Customs officials suspended over missing smuggled rice

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:14 PM

A 'visibly upset' President Rodrigo Duterte orders an investigation into 23,015 sacks of smuggled rice that had gone missing

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

CHR: Linking schools to Red October plot endangers students

Oct 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Human Rights says the 'blanket act of red-tagging' of the youth may give the military license to infringe on freedoms and rights but Malacañang thinks otherwise

DISSENT. Protesters, mostly students, called for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte as Baguio joined the observance of the declaration of Martial Law Friday, 46 years ago by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who was ousted in 1986 through people power. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

More questions than answers: Roque, Go explain Duterte absence in Palace event

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:03 PM

A Cabinet meeting scheduled on the day of the Pagcor event is also moved because President Duterte 'decided to take the day off,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on September 21, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Drilon dares Malacañang: File charges vs LP members in Duterte ouster plot

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:01 AM

'Let me borrow Secretary Roque's own words. We should not take Roque seriously,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon after the Palace official insisted on the Liberal Party's role in an alleged Duterte ouster plot

Minority Leader Senatir Franklin Drilon grilling Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the 2019 budget hearing of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roque on Trillanes amnesty: Why take word of AFP chief over 'learned judge'?

Oct 02, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque responds to the statement of AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV applied for amnesty, contrary to the government's position

DUTERTE SPOKESMAN. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque answers questions from the Malacanang Press Corps. File photo from Malacanang/Presidential Photo

Bertiz apologizes, North and South Korea, typhoon Queenie | Evening wRap

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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Roque: Duterte didn't admit to anything because no such crime as EJK

Oct 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Malacañang uses technicalities to once more dispel assertions that President Rodrigo Duterte's remark on extrajudicial killings is an admission to a crime

3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.

Malacañang on Bertiz airport incident: Officials must follow Duterte example

Oct 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Even the President complies with the security checks of the airport,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence Go took time to listen to the plea for justice from Analyn Jumamoy Legarda, sister of Ronald Jumamoy, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who died in Saudi Arabia last 2016. The meeting was held at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on April 14, 2018.  During the meeting, the Special Assistant to the President assured Legarda that the case of her brother will be reviewed and that an investigation will be conducted on why there has been alleged failure in assisting their family.  Joining Go in the meeting are Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa, and ACTS OFW Partylist Representative John Bertiz. PHOTOS BY TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte 'not serious' about EJK remark – Roque

Sep 28, 2018 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) 'I don’t think the context there was literal,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, rehashing his previous explanations of President Rodrigo Duterte's past controversial statements

EXPLAINING DUTERTE. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque explains President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks. RTVM screenshot

Malacañang defends UK trip of Cabinet economic team

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:15 PM

An ill-timed trip by the President's economic managers? Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the overseas visit also aims to boost the Philippine economy.

Photo courtesy of Jollibee Foods Corporation

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

Malacañang on Trillanes arrest: Stop 'drama by press con'

Sep 25, 2018 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'The court has spoken,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque after a Makati court ordered the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV holds a press conference at the Senate on September 18, 2018, days before a Makati court ordered his arrest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roque slams Jason Aquino after Duterte's lower ratings

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the rice issue, which is close to the gut, has made Filipinos forget all the other achievements of the Duterte administration

EMBATTLED AQUINO. There have been calls for NFA Administrator Jason Aquino to resign. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ompong-hit families can borrow up to P150,000 from Pag-IBIG

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Borrowers only need to bring a photo of their house and their title to annotate their loans, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

FULLY DAMAGED. A house in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, is wiped out after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Malacañang says Marcos, Enrile can't twist Martial Law history

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'We are implementing the law, and the law says there should be reparations paid to victims of Martial Law,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MARTIAL LAW. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says former senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Juan Ponce Enrile cannot twist the history of Martial Law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte wouldn't have revealed medical tests if 'serious' – Roque

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque describes as 'routine' the colonoscopy and endoscopy recently undergone by President Rodrigo Duterte

CLINICAL FORUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia-Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, on September 21, 2018. Malacañang photo

Philippines sends condolences over Vietnam president's death

Sep 23, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte 'recalls with fondness the warmth and the hospitality' extended to him by the late Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quang

File Presidential Photo

Malacañang won't object if Ombudsman dismisses Mocha Uson

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:46 PM

But asked if President Rodrigo Duterte himself will fire the communications assistant secretary even before the Ombudsman's decision, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says, 'As of now, no'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th anniversary of the public service show, 'Buhay OFW', at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City on October 18, 2017, recognizes the role of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in helping the OFWs. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Shut up or free speech? Roque, Bong Go respond to Mar Roxas’ rice crisis advice

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The two Malacañang officials give contrasting responses to the suggestions of former interior secretary Mar Roxas

Harry Roque defends Duterte joke belittling Loacan church

Sep 18, 2018 - 10:31 PM

'Let us not take his word always literally,' Roque said during a September 17 media briefing

DEFENDING A JOKE. Images from Robinson Niñal Jr and Yancy Lim/Presidential Photo

Trillanes tells critics: 'If I can add stress to you, then well and good'

Sep 16, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'Just enjoy the show, right? Kumbaga if manggigil sila, mainis sila, then I have partly achieved the objective,' adds Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No casualties reported for now due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) A 39-year-old resident from Baguio sustains injuries after his house collapsed due to the typhoon

SHELTER FROM THE STORM. Families set up temporary sleeping areas inside classrooms of the Delpan Evacuation Center in Manila as they voluntarily leave their homes due to strong winds and rain brought by Typhoon Ompong on September 15, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte monitors Typhoon Ompong, eyes trip to affected areas

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:03 AM

'Knowing him, (President Rodrigo Duterte) will be the first to go to the affected area as soon as the weather will allow his choppers to take off,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MONITORING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the disaster preparedeness briefing of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad inside the Operations Room of the NDRRMC Building in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on September 13, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte outburst at military was sign of 'confidence' – Roque

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte's 'seeming incitement is also an expression of confidence' that no one would follow Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's example

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the members of his cabinet following the dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'No need' to add Duterte's Gazmin theory to Trillanes amnesty order

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:31 PM

For Malacañang, President Duterte's new theory can just be part of arguments before the courts but law professor Tony La Viña says if the government wants to make use of this, Proclamation No 572 must be amended to include it

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO