Harry Roque told Malacañang-beat reporters to “refrain from asking for reactions”
On Tuesday, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told Malacañang-beat reporters to “refrain from asking for reactions”.
During a virtual press briefing last Tuesday, the Palace official was asked to react to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año’s supposed disapproval of his response toward Dr. Maricar Limpin in September 7 IATF meeting.
Año reportedly said that while Roque had a valid argument during the IATF meeting, the problem was the manner it was delivered.
To this, the Palace official said that he didn’t have to react to all statements and people were entitled to their opinions. He also suggested that the Malacañang-beat reporters should “refrain from asking for reactions”.
“Next time po, I would suggest that the Malacañang Press Corps refrain from asking for reactions kasi it’s a free world po. Anyone can say anything and everything and of course we will respect whatever people say. In the same way that we also want respect for our opinions,” Roque said.
Roque’s “suggestion” came exactly a week after his “outburst” against doctors who opposed the planned shift to granular lockdowns and calling for a retained ECQ or hard lockdown over Metro Manila.
Also during the Tuesday briefing, the Palace official insisted that he never thought about undermining the heroism of the country’s medical frontliners.
Roque said that he’s thinking about making public the entire segment of his response to Dr. Maricar Limpin and Dr. Antonio Dans in that regard.