'Muntik ko nang hilahin': Roque says Duterte kissing OFW 'inappropriate'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 15 2018 11:25 AM

Former Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque on Sunday said he almost pulled President Rodrigo Duterte off-stage after the latter kissed a married Filipina in South Korea last June.

Speaking to Vice Ganda's "Gandang Gabi Vice" program on ABS-CBN, Roque admitted Duterte is not a perfect president and would sometimes do something inappropriate.

Asked about a specific instance, he cited Duterte's kiss with the married overseas Filipino worker last June.

"'Yung kissing, akala ko mamamatay ako nun. 'Yung kissing in Korea, 'yung OFW. Ang feeling ko dun tumakbo ako dun tapos hilahin siya. Halika dito. Dito tayo, Mr. President. Andun nga ako, kamuntik ko nang hilahin eh," he said, adding that he would be out of a job if he had pulled aside the President.

Roque had earlier defended Duterte, saying there is nothing immoral about the kiss because the President is single.

On Sunday he admitted he found the act inappropriate because the President could have just kissed the woman on the cheek.

"Kasi meron pang slow motion e...Kasi lips to lips. Pwede naman beso-beso lang," he said, adding Duterte intended the moment to be taken lightly.

Asked why he defended Duterte's action, he said it was his job to defend the President.

Roque, who is reportedly eyeing a senatorial bid, admitted there are times when he and the President did not agree on certain issues.

He said that when he became spokesman, he made a decision. "Itabi ko muna yung sarili kong paninindigan at magsasalita lang ako kung ano ang paniniwala ni Presidente," he said.

"I believe when I am doing my job, I am doing what is right kasi wala namang mali na ginagawa ang Presidente...He's not (perfect) but I believe he is the best president we can have under these conditions."