Roque, sinabing ‘unfair’ ang pagtatanong sa kanya kung nasaan ang ‘honor and excellence’ nito

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Sinabi ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque noong Miyerkules na “unfair” ang pagtatanong sa kanya tungkol sa kanyang “honor and excellence” kaugnay ng pagbuwag ng kasunduan na nagbabawal sa pagpasok ng pulis at militar sa kanyang alma matter na University of the Philippines (UP) nang walang pahintulot.

Winakasan ng Department of National Defense (DND) ang tatlong-dekadang kasunduan sa unibersidad na nagbabawal sa mga awtoridad na pumasok sa UP campuses nang walang pahintulot mula sa UP administration, dahil umano sa pagiging kanlungan ng UP para sa mga komunista

Sa isang panayam sa CNN Philippines, nagbigay ng reaksyon si Roque sa isang tweet ni UP professor Danilo Arao na nananawagan sa mga alumni ng UP na may matataas na posisyon sa gobyerno na i-“denounce” ang hakbang ng DND.

“This disregards everything that UP stands for. Should they remain silent, a six-word question: Where is your honor and excellence?” giit ni Arao sa Twitter. 

Bilang pagtugon, sinabi ni Roque, isang dating UP law professor at human rights lawyer, na: “I’m asking the DND Secretary and the President of UP to sit down, and I have offered my good offices to facilitate this meeting.”

Hiningi naman ni CNN anchor Pinky Webb ang personal na opinyon ni Roque tungkol sa isyu.

“There’s really no such thing when you are a Presidential spokesperson,” tugon naman ng opisyal.

“All I’m saying is let’s talk about this, I support the steps of the UP President, and let’s see why a 30-year-old accord should not be continued when it has worked, apparently perfectly well, in the past 30 years.” 

“I’m not duty-bound by anything that Prof. Areo says,” dagdag pa nito. 

Matapos ang commercial break, idiniin ni Roque kay Webb na: “I have to highlight the fact that I think the question on Arao was unfair. In the first place, why am I duty-bound to follow anything that Prof. Arao says?”

“You made it appear as if it’s compulsory to follow it,” ani Roque.
 
“Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you were duty-bound,” depensa naman ni Webb.

“What was the basis for that?” tanong ni Roque kung saan sinagot ito ng mamamahayag na: “It was a tweet, sir.” 

“But you said I had to follow him, and if I did not do as he did then I have no honor or excellence,” sabi ni Roque.

“Is that a fair question? That’s not,” diin ng tagapagsalita ng pangulo. 

“No I didn’t say that,” sagot naman ni Webb.

Aniya, “Just to very clear about this, it was a tweet that I read. And I asked for your reaction if you would denounce it. And then after that—” 

“It’s implying that I should follow what Danny Arao says,” biglang pagsingit ni Roque.

“And where is the basis? Tell your viewers now. Where is the basis that I should follow what Danny Arao says? It’s not just you asking for a reaction, you were pursuing, ‘Will you denounce?’” pagbibigay diin nito.

“Okay then. If you say why should you answer it, and if you answered it that way, sir, then I would have to take it as is. It was just a challenge—,” tugon naman ni Webb.

“Yes, but you’re pushing the point, going beyond asking for my reaction,” sagot ni Roque.

“‘Will you denounce it?’ You said it on record, the TV recorded it. You have to be fair.” 

Sa dulo ng pag-uusap ng dalawa, sinabi ni Roque na: “I’m offering my good offices for them to have this discussion.”

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