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UP Diliman cites reason why its blocking nomination of Spox Roque to International Law Commission

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman opposes the nomination of Presidential spokesperson Herminio “Harry” Roque to the International Law Commission.

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According to the UP Diliman executive committee, Roque has a “very poor track record of promoting, defending, and fulfilling human rights and the rule of law.”

The UP Diliman executive committee met on Monday, September 13 for its 314th meeting where it was decided that they would block Roque’s nomination.

The executive committee consists of the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellors, the deans and directors of all colleges, the University Registrar, and three members selected by the University Council.

Roque taught at the UP College of Law where he is an alumnus.

Aside from the poor track record in promoting human rights and rule of law, the UP Diliman executive committee said, “his inclusion in the Commission would not serve its purposes but instead diminish the reputation of the body.”

Roque is currently in New York for his nomination to be a member of the International Law Commission (ILC), an advisory body to the United Nations (UN).

Meanwhile, Spox Roque recently made a buzz online following his viral video wherein he can be seen berating Dr. Maricar Limpin of the Philippine College of Physicians in the middle of the IATF meeting.

Roque has since apologized to the health sector and according to him, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has discussed the possibility of filing a case against the person who leaked the footage from one of its meetings.

Roque believed that the person responsible for leaking footage of his outburst can be liable for violating the Data Privacy Act.

The said footage was first posted on Twitter by Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter Marlon Ramos.

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