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Roque admits shooting a video for campaign ad

/ 02:53 PM October 09, 2018
HARRY ROQUE

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. INQUIRER file photo / JOAN BONDOC

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday admitted shooting a video for a campaign advertisement ahead of the start of the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC) for the 2019 midterm elections.

“The truth is [that] I shot it because it’s been paid for,” Roque told reporters when asked if he shot the ad over the weekend.

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“You know, we’ve had plans. Whatever happened in the last few days were really a major deviation from plans that even the President knew about,” he added.

However, Roque insisted that he has yet to decide whether or not he will seek a seat at the Upper Chamber.

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The former Kabayan representative made the admission days after President Rodrigo Duterte, during a speech in Malacañang, told him to forget his Senate plans because he doesn’t have a winning chance in the 2019 polls.

“Si Roque gusto mag senador. Sabi ko, ‘Tama ka na. T*** i** diyan. Standby ka,’” he said. “Bigyan kita ibang trabaho. Hindi ka manalo diyan,” Duterte said.

READ: Duterte tells Roque to forget Senate run; offers him new job

Roque, who has been known to be among the Cabinet men eyeing a Senate seat, admitted being “aback” by the statement of Duterte, who has been calling him a senator in his previous public speeches.

“Come on, for the past five, six months he’s been calling me a senator, he’s been, for all intents and purposes, endorsing my bid for Senate so I was taken aback by his statement also at the PMA Alumni,” Roque said.

“It was a game changer so to speak, it was changed in tone,” he added. /jpv

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