Roque denies using post to campaign for Senate bid

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 05 2018 01:12 PM | Updated as of Oct 30 2018 11:31 AM

MANILA - Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday denied he is using his post to boost his chances of winning a potential Senate bid in 2019.

Roque made the denial after he drew flak over a photo of a fan bearing his photo and accomplishments as a lawmaker that made the rounds on social media.

He said the fans were paid for by House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia of Cebu.

“That was given to me by Gwen. It’s too much of a waste not to distribute,” he said in a news conference in Malacañang.

Roque has also been criticized for allegedly using his position to prematurely campaign for his possible Senate bid by going around the country to hold press briefings.

“I don’t think so. What I do know is journalists all over the country appear to be very appreciative,” he said of the allegation.

Roque served as a party-list representative in the 17th Congress before taking on the role of President Rodrigo Duterte’s mouthpiece.

He also once served as a human rights lawyer, taking the cudgels for various marginalized groups.

However, he has been criticized for taking the job as the spokesperson of the President, who has been criticized domestically and internationally over some of his policies such as the war on drugs and downplaying of the Philippines’ maritime dispute with China.