MANILA – Presidential Spokesman and Legal Adviser Sal Panelo has on Monday, confirmed that human rights lawyer Harry Roque is coming back as President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman.
It may be recalled that Roque relinquished the post back in 2019 to pursue his bid for a Senate seat.
“Yup Harry Roque will be back to his previous post. I’m still the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel. I will be performing the same role as the President’s chief lawyer and issuing statements as such,” Panelo told reporters in a text message.
To be exact, Roque resigned as Duterte’s official mouthpiece on October 2018 to give way for his senatorial bid but he withdrew his candidacy days before the campaign period officially starts due to health reasons.
Roque’s stint as presidential spokesperson was marred by controversy when he made pronouncements contrary to his previous advocacies as a human rights lawyer and Kabayan representative.
A former House Deputy Minority Leader, Roque represented victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, the kin of Palawan-based environmental advocate and journalist Gerry Ortega who was gunned down in 2011, and the family of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, killed by a U.S. Marine in 2014, among others, the Inquirer.net reported. (ia/SovereignPH.com)