Robredo: Navigating Duterte’s hostility

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 07/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Leni Robredo is being cast as the antagonist to President Rodrigo Duterte’s role as the country’s last hope, a description made during the 2016 presidential campaign, by Duterte himself. This casting made by Duterte…

Pimentel says Roque wanted to hitch on ‘jeepney-sized’ PDP-Laban party

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/15/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “Si Secretary [Harry] Roque gusto ngang hu-mitch pa sa jeep na ‘yan.”  (Secretary Roque wanted to hitch a ride on that jeep.) Senator Koko Pimentel had this to say Thursday as he hit back…

Palace on Pacquiao’s corruption allegations: ‘Walang kwenta’

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 07/05/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday dismissed Senator Manny Pacquiao’s corruption allegations as “worthless,” calling it “watusi” instead of an “atom bomb” since the supposed revelations were only generalized and not backed by evidence. “Watusi. Akala ko…

Voters to reject Duterte-Duterte tandem? ‘See you on e-day’ — Palace

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 06/07/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “See you on election day.” This was presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s response to the opposition’s claim that Filipinos will reject a Duterte-Duterte tandem in the 2022 national elections. “See you on election day. Taumbayan…

Roque may speak on int’l law, but Locsin says it isn’t foreign policy

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 05/14/2021

  MANILA, Philippines — While Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. was fine with Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque speaking on matters of international law, Manila’s top diplomat reminded that remarks made by the Palace official do not reflect…

Carpio rejects debate with Roque on ‘pointless’ issues

Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQ 05/07/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has rejected the proposed topics of the debate with presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in connection with issues on the West Philippine Sea, saying it is “pointless” to…

No more face-off: Duterte backs out of debate with Carpio, assigns Roque instead

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 05/07/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The much touted face-off between President Rodrigo Duterte and retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio may not materialize after the Chief Executive assigned his spokesperson to represent him in a debate over the…

President Duterte’s policies in the WPS

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 05/06/2021

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque praised President Duterte’s policies in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) as “careful, calibrated, and calculated.” In contrast, Roque assailed proposals from former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and myself as “illegal, impractical, and…

Palace: Let Duterte pursue ‘calibrated, calculated’ foreign policy on West Philippine Sea

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 05/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Sunday told critics, particularly retired Senior Justice Antonio Carpio and former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario, to let President Rodrigo Duterte pursue his “careful, calibrated, and calculated” foreign policy amid the…

FIDE Asian Zonal chess tourney starts

Glendale G. Rosal 05/01/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—- In a very rare opportunity, Cebu has been chosen as one of the hosts of a major international wood pushing tournament, the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) Asian Zonal 3.3 Chess Championships 2021 that…

Who is lying — the President or Roque?

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 04/29/2021

The President’s spokesperson Harry Roque issued a statement last April 23, 2021, that President Duterte never entered into a “verbal fishing agreement” with China’s President Xi. Roque declared: “There is no truth to the speculation of a…

COVID-hit Roque slams ‘un-Christian’ query on how fast he secured hospital bed

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 04/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “Un-Christian” was how presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Monday merely dismissed – and did not answer – a question about how he was able to quickly obtain a hospital room for his COVID-19 treatment when ordinary…

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