Roque to hold last Palace presser; aims for Senate seat

Published November 15, 2021, 9:17 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque will hold his last Malacañang press briefing today, Monday, Nov. 15, after making his decision to run for Senate.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (Photo from Harry Roque’s Facebook)

This was confirmed by his staff, Communications Undersecretary Queenie Rodulfo to members of the Malacañang Press Corps on Monday morning.

She, however, has no information as to who will replace Roque as presidential spokesperson.

Roque is set to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator under the Peoples’ Reform Party (PRP) of the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

The Palace official will be filing his COC at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) head office by 2 p.m. after he holds his last Palace press briefing. Nov. 15 is the last day for the substitution of candidates for the May 2022 elections.

Roque has always expressed his desire to run for senator even as he served as the presidential spokesperson.

This is also not the first time he will be stepping down from his post in Malacañang for his political plans. He first did so in 2018 when he filed his COC for senator. Unfortunately, he had to withdraw his candidacy due to health reasons.

In June, Roque said that he would only pursue his Senate bid if presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio runs for president.

He said he has hinged his political future to that of Duterte-Carpio’s.

He did not file his COC for senator during the filing period in October after Duterte-Carpio chose to run for reelection as Davao mayor.

Duterte-Carpio has since withdrawn her local candidacy and filed her bid for the vice presidency next year.