‘Let’s give Harry a chance to do his job’ -- solon
City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. has urged his colleagues to give newly appointed Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque a chance to do his job.
“If there is anybody who can engage any President in a struggle of ideas in private consultation, it is somebody like Harry. This is our sense, having had the chance to work closely with Harry in the House minority and in the House rules committee,” Campos said.
Campos believes that Roque would actually be “in an excellent position to help provide guidance to the President on a wide range of policy matters, including human rights concerns.”
As spokesperson, Roque would have the opportunity to personally engage President Duterte on a daily basis, Campos said.
“This will allow him to give advice to the President on a whole host of difficulties, and on how to respond effectively to those issues,” Campos, a deputy minority leader, said.
“And if the President is going to listen to anybody on policy matters, he will likely listen to somebody like Harry, who is not afraid to speak his mind, and who can argue a case quite convincingly,” Campos said.
Campos expressed confidence that Roque, a seasoned lawyer with extensive experience fielding questions from the media, would be able to provide greater clarity to the President’s future policy statements.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman earlier belittled Roque’s capability to use his new job to advise the President on human rights affairs, saying Roque would be a mere “mouthpiece.”
Roque had said he accepted his new post partly so he could reach out to the President on human rights issues that have embroiled his administration in controversy.
Roque built a reputation as a human rights crusader before he was elected party-list representative of Kabayan and his selection as Palace spokesperson.