Duterte wants clarifications from Harry Roque over senatorial bid in 2019
Marje Pelayo • October 12, 2018 • 2776
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte wants to personally clarify things from Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as he is getting impatient of Roque’s “inconsistency” regarding his plans for the 2019 mid-term elections.
“I hope I would not offend Harry. Sabi niya magtakbo siya ng Senador, So sabi ko: ‘Sige.’ Automatic may naisip na ako, Sabi ko: ‘Sal, ikaw muna. If you want it, then I’ll scout for another legal adviser.’ Tapos, kinabukasan sabi niya (Roque), hindi na raw. Tapos kinabukasan (uli) sabi tatakbo na naman…Sabi ni Bong hindi naman tatakbo…Bigla akong nahilo. Saan ba tayo pupunta nito, Bong,” the President said during a press briefing on Friday (October 12) following his arrival from Indonesia.
The President suggested to Roque to defer his plans of running until the 2021 elections so he could establish his political career more and have more time to prepare.
“Ano ba talaga, tatakbo, hindi tatakbo. Mabuti pa paabutin na lang niya ng 2021, mas longer space to make a choice with finality,” he said.
Meanwhile, the President clarified that his appointment of Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo as spokesperson is temporary.
The President, however, cannot decide yet as to what position to offer Roque should the latter finally make up his mind and decide not to pursue his senatorial bid.
“The problem kung mag announce ako ngayon, di ko pa siya nakausap. baka mapalpak ako kasi yun pa naman ginamit niya, he was kept in the dark,” he said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Janice Ingente)
Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte is still pondering on whether or not to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States Summit in March.
In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President expressed willingness to visit the United States, however the president is not sure whether his visa will be approved.
Panelo added Duterte might not want to visit the US since some US senators “would be unhappy to see him”. This is amid the resolution of banning the entry of Philippine officials involved in imprisoning former Senator Leila de Lima.
The Palace official also clarified that the President is not enforcing conditions regarding his visit in the US.
“From what I look at his responses, gusto niya pumunta, iyan ang naisip ko, (he wants to visit, that’s what I think),” Panelo said. “[Duterte] just expressed certain sentiments relative to some issues that may affect his entry.”
Duterte has been previously invited by US President Donald Trump but he refused due to the extreme weather conditions in the US as well as the long-hour flight.
Panelo cited that the recent invitation was not a personal one so the President is still pondering on whether to accept the invitation or not.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s satisfaction rating has reached a new record high, according to the recent survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS).
Based on the 4th Quarter 2019 SWS Survey, Duterte got a 72% excellent net satisfaction rating, which is seven points higher compared to his September rating of 65%.
Malacañang welcomed the survey result saying President Duterte still has the support of the people.
“This means that the President has the support of the people, for which he is very thankful. But more than that, the people support him because they feel his legacy of real change,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar .—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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