Roque explains why he's back in New York

Published October 26, 2021, 12:50 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is back in New York City in the United States (US), this time to take part in a United Nations (UN) event.

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Roque, in a virtual press conference with Malacañang reporters Tuesday, Oct. 26, gave the reason for his second stateside visit in as many months.

“It is an official visit po to the UN on the occasion of the UN International Law Week and I am supported by officials from the Office of the President and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA),” he said when asked about his trip.

“My wife with me, but on my own account,” the Palace official clarified.

Roque couldn’t help but observe how the US has managed to return to “normalcy” amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Normal na po sa Amerika. Bukas po ang lahat, pero hindi pwede pumasok sa enclosed [areas] kung walang vaccination card (It’s back to normal in America. Everything is open, but you can’t enter enclosed areas if you do not have a vaccination card). And that is being sticky enforced po by all New York establishments,” he noted.

Roque first mentioned that he was in the US during Monday’s virtual presser, but didn’t state the reason for his visit.

Last month, Roque went to New York in a bid to get elected as one of the 34 members of the International Law Commission (ILC).