Law­maker to Roque: 'You are spokesper­son to Pres­i­dent not to your­self'

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -


Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ron Salo on Thurs­day re­minded in­com­ing Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque that he will be the spokesper­son to the Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte and not to him­self.

"Mr. Roque should be re­minded that he is a Spokesper­son for the Pres­i­dent and not of him­self. He should be con­cerned with mat­ters in­volv­ing the pres­i­dency and the in­ter­est of the coun­try, and not of his per­sonal glo­ri­fi­ca­tion," said Salo.

Roque on Wed­nes­day said he wants the House ethics com­mit­tee to ex­pe­dite the com­plaints he filed against his party mate, Salo, say­ing the Kabayan party's sec­ond nom­i­nee was "un­fit to stay in Congress."

The six ethics com­plaints filed by Roque, who is set to step down as Kabayan party-list rep­re­sen­ta­tive, aims to re­move Salo from Congress for "gross and shame­less ig­no­rance and bla­tant com­pe­tence" for us­ing gov­ern­ment re­sources to com­mit tech­ni­cal malver­sa­tion.

Salo said Roque's ethics com­plaint is as "shal­low as a kid­die pool".

"Any per­son would un­der­stand that the ba­sis of his com­plaint is as shal­low as a kid­die pool, yet only for per­sonal me­dia mileage, he would max­i­mize its util­ity. I just won­der what is its value to the pres­i­dency and to the coun­try," he added.

Salo said the ex­pul­sion case Roque filed against him in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is based on his al­leged use of gov­ern­ment re­sources in print­ing the dis­bar­ment case he filed against the in­com­ing Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son in the Supreme Court.

Roque also slapped him with in­di­rect con­tempt charges and his chief of staff for al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing the con­fi­den­tial­ity clause in dis­bar­ment pro­ce­dure.

Kabayan party-list had ear­lier tried but failed to ex­pel Roque from Congress for "dis­hon­or­able be­hav­ior" af­ter he had asked "lewd" ques­tions to Ron­nie Dayan, the for­mer boyfriend of Sen­a­tor Leila de Lima, dur­ing a con­gres­sional in­quiry.

Roque is ex­pected to of­fi­cially take on the role of Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son start­ing Novem­ber 6.

(Keith A. Calayag/SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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