Harry Roque: “Iniisip ko nga po kung dapat i-broadcast yung buong segment kung saan ako nagsalita”
On Tuesday, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that he’s thinking about making public the segment where he lost his cool during the IATF meeting as he insisted that he wasn’t undermining the efforts of health workers.
In a Presidential press briefing last Tuesday, Roque clarified that his message in the IATF meeting that was supposed to be confidential was that the government should consider workers who have lost their livelihoods.
Roque also said that he’s thinking about broadcasting the entire segment wherein he talked about it because what was shown in the video was only a small portion.
“Lilinawin ko lang po na talagang ang aking mensahe lang noon, doon sa meeting na dapat confidential at hindi dapat isasapubliko, ay kinakailangan ikunsidera rin po yung mga kapakanan ng mga manggagawa na matagal nang walang hanapbuhay. Pero hindi po natin kahit kailanman inisip na we are undermining yung kabayanihan ng ating mga medical frontliners,” Roque said.
Roque’s clarification came after he faced fierce criticism after a video obtained by Inquirer showed him raising his voice on doctors for opposing the planned shift to granular lockdowns and calling for a retained ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) or hard lockdown over Metro Manila.
He admitted that he got emotional and had since apologized for the manner he delivered his message, but he claimed that he’s only trying to speak on behalf of those experiencing hunger because of lockdowns.
Meanwhile, the Palace official on Monday said that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases had discussed the possibility of filing a case against the person who leaked the video from one of its meetings.