Roque: Don’t expect thaw in relations between Duterte, De Lima | Inquirer News
DESPITE SENATOR'S APPRECIATION OF PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES

Roque: Don’t expect thaw in relations between Duterte, De Lima

By: - Correspondent / @joeygabietaINQ
/ 05:38 PM April 08, 2018
Rodrigo Duterte and Leila de Lima

President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima. (File photo from Philippine Daily Inquirer)

TANAUAN, Leyte — Don’t expect the chilly relations between President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima to thaw anytime soon, just because the detained lawmaker expressed appreciation for the recent appointments of the chief executive.

Secretary Harry Roque, presidential spokesperson, said they were taking the comments as a “layman’s appreciation” and nothing more.

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He added it was just a mere “coincidence” that the recent appointees were appreciated by De Lima, who has been detained since February 2017 on drug charges.

“They were appointed by the President. We take her statement as a layman’s appreciation for the act of the President,” Roque said at a news conference at the municipal hall here Sunday.

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Roque was here to attend the inauguration of a water system project in Barangay Calsadahay, which has more than 200 households.

He was welcomed by Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, Tanauan Mayor Pelagio Tecson, and other mayors of Leyte.

In one of the rare occasions, De Lima praised the President on his appointments of the new heads of the Department of Justice, Philippine National Police, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Though a fierce critic of the President, Duterte said the chief executive made a good decision in appointing Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra as justice secretary replacing Vitaliano Aguirre II; Director Oscar Albayalde to head the Philippine National Police to succeed Director General Ronald dela Rosa; and Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez as the next AFP chief of staff, a post currently occupied by Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero. /atm

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