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A new customs chief, DFA chief, spokesman a year for Duterte

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Less than 3 years in power, President Rodrigo Duterte has already had 3 BOC commissioners, 3 presidential spokesmen, and 3 foreign secretaries

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 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

Roque to do 'legal audit' of PNP files on drug killings

Apr 24, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque wants to have a file on each killing so he can 'confidently' defend the Duterte administration's bloody campaign against illegal drugs

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Roque calls out Greco Belgica for issuing 'confusing' statements

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'Let me be very clear: He doesn’t speak for the Office of the President,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Roque: Human rights groups may be 'unwitting tools' of drug lords

Mar 26, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Drug lords, says the presidential spokesman, 'can easily use their drug money to fund destabilization efforts against the government'

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 20, 2018 that the dollar remittances from overseas Filipinos have risen to 2.7 billion in January this year according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Malacañang Photo

Duterte spokesman describes Chief Justice Sereno as ‘may tama’

Mar 09, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Harry Roque cites an interpretation of the Chief Justice's psychological test that even the Psychological Association of the Philippines has deemed questionable

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno visit law student in University of Baguio . Photo by Mau victa

Roque says remarks on Benham Rise research misunderstood

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The Presidential Spokesman claims he was referring to China, not Filipino scientists and researchers, when he said 'no one can do it, because, apparently, it's capital intensive'

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque informs entrepreneurs during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018 that a total of P2-billion will be allotted to two programs of the Department of Trade and Industry. The two programs include the 'Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso' Micro Loan Program and the shared service facilities, equipment project that aims to develop micro, small and medium enterprises. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque says reduction in PCOO personnel, not tiff with Andanar, caused transcript delay

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The contracts of some PCOO personnel, including those belonging to a transcribing division, are not renewed this year because the country is no longer the host of ASEAN

Roque slams De Lima, Gascon for 'hypocrisy' on EJKs

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:45 AM

The Presidential Spokesman calls out the senator and CHR chairman for insisting there are extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration when they supported a definition of EJK victims that excludes drug suspects

DEFENDING THE PALACE. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in Malacañang on November 2, 2017. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH to 'reassess' membership in ICC, if pushed

Dec 08, 2017 - 10:33 AM

If the International Criminal Court violates the principle of complementarity, the Philippines may have to 'reassess its commitment to the Court,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in an ICC assembly of state parties

Jonel Segovia 16, years old, one of the three minors killed in Oplan Tokhang in Brgy. 176 Phase-8, Bagong Silang, North Caloocan City, was taken out at their residence leading to his final rest in peace at Tala Cemetery, Bagong Silang on Sunday. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

One month of Harry Roque as Presidential Spokesman

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Roque's first month as spokesman shows he enjoys better access to President Rodrigo Duterte than his predecessor, a boon to the media and the public

Don't panic over dengue vaccine, Malacañang tells public

Dec 04, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the worst that can happen to those vaccinated with Dengvaxia with no prior dengue infection is fever and bruising, if they contract dengue at all

Malacañang: Opposition making 'big deal' out of revolutionary gov't

Nov 30, 2017 - 2:30 PM

'Move on na po tayo,' Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says in response to fears of the opposition that President Rodrigo Duterte would declare a revolutionary government

Harry Roque headed to Marawi for cases vs Maute group

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says he will go to Marawi City to gather information on cases that can be filed against Maute group members for violation of international humanitarian law

RUINS OF MARAWI. A soldier patrols the warzone in Marawi which remains off limits to civilians weeks after the city was liberated from local terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] From disingenuous to delusional

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

I must confess not having at all detected in Harry Roque any proneness to delusion until he went to Congress; I had known him as a man of law, a militant defender of freedom and rights

Harry Roque bids social media (temporary) goodbye

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Starting November 16, the Presidential Spokesperson's Twitter and Facebook accounts will be handled by PCOO staff

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque sorry for tweeting 'Agnes Legarda,' not 'Christine Lagarde'

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:13 PM

(UPDATED) President Duterte's spokesman says he was probably thinking of UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard when he tweeted about IMF head Christine Lagarde

Roque on bloggers' call for resignation: Take it up with Duterte

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:13 PM

The Presidential Spokesman maintains he has fulfilled Duterte's orders: 'I stated what I think is right, and I stated what I think is true'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of the newly-appointed officials during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. Swearing in are Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Presidential Spokesperon Harry Roque Defense Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Eduardo Año, and Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Alexander Macario. King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Roque says he respects rights of media, Duterte defenders

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:07 AM

A democracy, says Duterte's spokesman, is based on a citizenry that can discuss issues 'in a rational, informed, and peaceable manner'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque following the oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Roque denies using provincial presscons for early campaigning

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:24 PM

The presidential spokesman, known to be eyeing a Senate seat in 2019, begins his weekly provincial press conferences in vote-rich Cebu City

Roque fumes at telcos for bad signal in his house

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:00 AM

President Duterte's new spokesman says the signal in his house is so bad, he is forced to take media calls in his garage, clad in his bathrobe

How Harry Roque's first Malacañang presscon went

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:35 PM

The fast-talking new presidential spokesman injects his own style into the regular Palace briefing

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque trusts Duterte won't make claims without factual basis

Nov 02, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Incoming Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says his marching orders from President Rodrigo Duterte is to 'never lie'

Roque to tap 'millennial' deputy spokesman

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The person the incoming presidential spokesman has in mind is a law school student who Roque says is 'better-looking' than him

Duterte on Abella, Model Grab driver, Duterte on Akihito | Midday wRap

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

[OPINION | Newspoint] A new Rody and Harry Show

Oct 28, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The two of them should make for a catchy marquee: Rody and Harry. But, in the end, it's the provocative personality each one brings to the tandem that will define their show.

NEW JOB. Known human rights lawyer Harry Roque replaces Ernesto Abella as President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson.

Harry Roque to be Duterte's new spokesman

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:20 AM

(UPDATED) The congressman will formally assume spokesman duties after President Duterte's Japan trip at the end of October

Año is DILG Undersecretary, Abella still Presidential Spox, Thai king | Evening wRap

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:51 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Jee Geronimo

Duterte offering Harry Roque Palace communications post

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The two will discuss the offer further during a dinner scheduled to take place this week

Malacañang says only EU aid with conditions to be rejected

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella is unsure if the Philippine government will also refuse Marawi aid offered by the European Union

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella responds to United Nation rapporteur’s statement about extrajudicial killings in the Philippines during a press briefing in Malacañan on August 23. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Malacañang admits Duterte 'being fed wrong info' on EU

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:40 PM

While stressing the need 'for correct reportage,' Malacañang fails to acknowledge its responsibility to relay correct information to President Rodrigo Duterte

WRONG INFORMATION. Malacañang admits that President Rodrigo Duterte 'was being fed the wrong information' on the EU. Malacañang file photo

Abella to get Cabinet rank, office separate from PCOO

May 17, 2017 - 10:48 AM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella will have the title of secretary and will no longer report to PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar He will also have a deputy spokesperson

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on May 4, 2017 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's political will has translated to into various infrastructure developments citing various projects launched by the Department of Transportion and the National Economic Development Authority. Malacañan Photo

New Palace communications policy: Only Abella can issue statements

Mar 02, 2017 - 12:33 PM

The new strategy comes in the wake of the highly publicized blunders of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

CHANGE IN PALACE COMMS. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar issues an order about the release of Palace statements. File photos from Malacañang

'False alarm': Palace causes confusion on Leyte blast 'death toll'

Dec 29, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella quotes Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo in claiming 10 died at the Leyte blast Taguiwalo says the information she forwarded to the Cabinet official was unofficial

WRONG INFO. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella included unverified figures in a Palace statement. File photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

French colors shine in media center for APEC

Nov 16, 2015 - 7:17 PM

We stand shoulder to shoulder with you says a scrolling message in the light display outside the International Media Center for APEC

COLORS OF FRANCE. The colors of the French flag light up the International Media Center for the APEC Summit in Manila, Philippines, on November 16, 2015. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Palace, Lagman defend legality of RH law

Jan 03, 2013 - 4:43 PM

Albay Rep Edcel Lagman proponent of the RH bill says the RH law will surmount any attack or test on its constitutionality

IT'S CONSTITUTIONAL. Lagman says the arguments raised in the petition against the RH bill are flawed.