Mark Villar resigns as DPWH secretary

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 10/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar on Monday announced that he has resigned from his post which he held for over five years. “Ito na yung huling flag raising ko…

Roque apologizes for snarling at doctors

Leila B. Salaverria, Marlon Ramos, Patricia Denise Chiu 09/11/2021

Rude, uncalled for, unbecoming of a government official. It was the turn of President Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque to receive a tongue-lashing from the medical community and some lawmakers after he castigated doctors in a meeting for…

‘Ang bastos mo!’ Roque draws wrath of lady doc over outburst

John Eric Mendoza - @inquirerdotnet 09/10/2021

  MANILA, Philippines — She cracked every word that came out of her lips like a whip. During an online discussion forum on Friday, Dr. Leni Jara gave presidential spokesperson Harry Roque a stern rebuke for castigating…

Kalma, ako lang ‘to: Roque trends on Twitter as video of ‘meltdown’ during IATF meeting  turns up

John Eric Mendoza - @inquirerdotnet 09/10/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque became a trending topic on Twitter on Friday shortly after a video of his supposed meltdown during a meeting of the Interagency Taskforce on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) surfaced on…

Group files raps vs Roque, Puyat for breach of COVID health protocols

Jerome Aning, Krixia Subingsubing, Marlon Ramos 09/08/2021

MANILA, Philippines — A self-styled watchdog on Tuesday filed eight complaints against presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat, and several others before the Office of the Ombudsman for supposedly flouting COVID-19 restrictions during the…

A legacy of bad communication

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 08/16/2021

There is a certain dark amusement to be had in watching how the public reacted to Harry Roque’s recent statement that the President is the nation’s “best communicator.” On the one hand, I watched speechwriters, news anchors,…

The costs of appeasement

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 07/17/2021

I downloaded the slides featured here from a YouTube interview with presidential spokesperson Harry Roque by someone from the “Integrated Development Studies Institute” (IDSI) who had asked him to rate the Duterte administration’s foreign policy on a…

Palace defends tax hike on schools

Leila B. Salaverria 06/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday defended the Department of Finance (DOF) for pushing a new revenue regulation that would effectively increase the income tax rate to be imposed on private schools. The DOF has supported the…

Roque won’t sue ‘BFF’ Gwen Garcia over Cebu testing protocols

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 05/31/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday denied that he had plans of pressing charges against Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia, who he called his BFF (short for best friend forever) for veering away from the…

An eyewitness account of the Battle of Mactan

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 04/30/2021

Fireworks of a different kind exploded last April 27 when politicians commented on the 500th anniversary of the Victory in Mactan. Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla posted on FB: “A salute to the bravery of one of…

Some MGCQ areas to revert to stricter GCQ status in February — Palace

Krissy Aguilar 01/28/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Some provinces will revert from the lenient modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) to the more stringent GCQ in February, Malacañang announced on Thursday, January 28, 2021. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, however,  did not disclose…

Internet connection problem cuts off Palace briefing on telco services

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 01/21/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Even the seat of power is not spared from the enduring problem of glitchy internet connection in the country. On Thursday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque ‘s press briefing in Malacañang – which, ironically, was dedicated…

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