Harry Roque denied that the man in a viral TikTok video was his son.
On Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denied any relation to a man in a viral TikTok video who called him his “biological dad”.
In a statement sent to Malacañang beat reporters, Roque said that the video post showing a man who claimed that he’s his biological father was a “desperate attempt to discredit me in the eyes of the citizenry”.
Roque also said that they expected political trolls to work overtime in their vicious attacks as they entered the campaign season and the said post was “nothing but an election black propaganda”.
“I have two children and anyone who claims should file an appropriate action in court so I may disprove the same,” underscored Roque.
Roque’s statement came after the man claiming to be Roque’s son said that he’s disappointed at the spokesperson over his response to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso’s appeal to the national government to ramp up the procurement of Tocilizumab and Remdesivir.
The man in the said video can be described as having the same round face as the spokesperson, as well as similar hairline. However, those were common features that were shared by a lot of people.
“I’m disappointed, OK. Na-disappoint ako doon sa sagot ng aking biological dad, si Spokesperson Harry Roque doon po sa panawagan ni Yorme Isko na bumili ng Tocilizumab tsaka ng Remdesivir. Alam niyo wala namang kaso yung iba-bash niyo kami, yung hihiritan niyo kami. Pero sana, sana makinig doon sa panawagan. Kasi ito yung kailangan ngayon ng tao. Sa totoo lang, Spox Harry, daddy, it’s meant to save lives. Yun po yun, I think that’s more important,” the man in viral video said with no hesitation.
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The particular TikTok video had over 20,000 likes as of posting time and the uploader has more than 27,000 followers.
Roque had dismissed Mayor Moreno’s appeal and accompanying criticism of the Duterte administration’s response to the pandemic as political posturing ahead of the 2022 elections.
In response to the man’s remarks, Roque said that with regard to the shortage in Remdesivir and Tocilizumab, there’s a current global supply problem because of the rising active cases and health officials were looking for alternate treatment drugs for COVID-19.