The rumors becomes reality when the President announced early today, October 28, that the former Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque is now a new spokesperson. President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed a new presidential spokesperson as replacement for undersecretary Abella.

Harry Roque replaced Ernesto Abella as presidential spokesperson

Late Friday night of October 27, in Davao City, President Duterte made an announcement during their meeting in Roque's birthday dinner that the latter is no longer a congressman but a secretary.

President said, “Hindi na congressman, secretary na siya,"

"To get the message clear, sabi ko Harry will fit the - kasi medyo malikot ang bunganga namin," he added.

Roque will now have a rank of a secretary and he will start his mandate as spokesperson on November 6, after their working visit from Japan on October 29 to 31.

He said in his interview with radio DZMM, "Inanunsyo lang po ni Presidente ngayon na ako'y itinalagang Presidential spokesperson at ako naman po ay tinanggap ko iyan. Pero ako po ay manunungkulan pagka-landing po namin sa Japan dahil kasama po ako sa delegasyon ni Presidente papuntang Japan".

Up to now, there is no confirm clarification from the issue why undersectary Ernesto Abella removed from his post.

Harry Roque has also no idea when he was asked about it, he even spoken to the latter.

He said, "Wala naman pong binanggit si presidente kanina. Ang sabi lang niya ay si Secretary Abella ay talaga pong pastor. Hindi naman daw po ito simbahan, ang kailangan daw ay yung naiintindihan ang kanyang ibig sabihin at nakaka-anggulo rin, 'yun po ang sabi niya",

"Tinawagan ko naman po siya, hiningan ko ng paumanhin dahil ako din talaga ay wala akong idea na darating itong ganitong oportunidad. naintindihan naman daw po ni Secretary Abella," he added.

According to Roque's website, he is a human rights advocate and founder of the Center for International Law Manila.

The Kabayan party-list had asked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to proclaim lawyer Ciriaco Calalang as Roque's replacement after the latter was removed from the party-list last January.

Now, Roque will face one of the tough job in the country as spokesperson who will represent and be President Duterte's face in media outlet in local and international.

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