‘Let’s give Harry a chance to do his job’ -- solon

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Makati

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.

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