Duterte un­aware of Roque’s sud­den leave

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte has yet to be no­ti­fied about the sud­den leave of his mouth­piece, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque Jr., Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent Christo­pher Lawrence Go said on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8.

In a phone-patch in­ter­view with Palace reporters, Go said Roque would per­son­ally in­form the Pres­i­dent about his leave on the side­lines of the Cabi­net meet­ing at the Mala­cañan Palace on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

“I can­not speak para kay Sec­re­tary Harry Roque. Han­tayin na lang natin. Sabi niya he will talk to the Pres­i­dent later,” Go said, when asked if Roque’s leave is an in­di­ca­tion that he wants to leave the Cabi­net.

(I can­not speak for Sec­re­tary Harry Roque. Let’s wait. He said he will talk to the Pres­i­dent later.)

“Sa ngayon, hindi pa yata [alam ng Pres­i­dente]. Maybe ma­maya malala­man na niya (As of now, the Pres­i­dent is not yet aware. Maybe he’ll know about it later),” he added.

Roque has gone on leave start­ing Oc­to­ber 8, one of his staff told Palace reporters in a me­dia ad­vi­sory.

His leave came four days af­ter he was frankly told by the Pres­i­dent that he was un­likely to win the 2019 se­na­to­rial race. Duterte also ad­vised Roque to stay in the ex­ec­u­tive branch, promis­ing the Palace of­fi­cial of a new post in the Palace.

Go said Roque gave no rea­son for his un­prece­dented leave, but noted that the lat­ter would merely go on leave on his “me­dia du­ties,” such as his daily press brief­ings at Mala­cañan.

“Nakausap ko si (I talked to) Sec­re­tary Roque an hour ago. Ang sabi niya (He said), he will at­tend the meet­ing[s] -- the Cabi­net meet­ing, and meet­ing with two am­bas­sadors,” he said.

“Wala ho siyang sin­abing rea­son but parang sin­abi niya, leave lang na­man yata siya sa kanyang me­dia du­ties, ‘yung sa kanyang arawaraw na pag-brief­ing (He cited no rea­son but per­haps, he said he would go on leave on his me­dia du­ties, on his reg­u­lar press brief­ings),” Go added.

Asked if Roque al­ready ac­cepted Duterte’s of­fer, Go be­lieved Duterte’s mouth­piece was “still weigh­ing his op­tions.”

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