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Sara backs Roque’s Senate bid



Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque is joining the 2022 Senate race with the backing of vice presidential aspirant Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Duterte-Carpio, the eldest daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, expressed support for Roque’s election bid through a video message broadcasted during Malacañang press briefing on Monday.

Si Harry Roque, ang aking Palace spokesperson, ay magiging Senate action man. Ibigay natin ang todo at buo nating suporta para sa kanyang kandidatura sa Senado,” she said.

“We will see you in the Senate, Senator Harry Roque,” Duterte-Carpio added.

Roque confirmed his senatorial bid during the press briefing — his last news conference as the Palace mouthpiece.

He is scheduled to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the Senate at the Commission on Elections main office in Manila on Monday afternoon, the substitution deadline set by the poll body.

Roque would run under the banner of the People’s Reform Party, a Comelec-recognized political group formed by the late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago in 1991.

Presidential appointees who filed their COCs are considered resigned from their posts. Malacañang has yet to name who would take Roque’s post.

Ito na po ang huling araw na makakasama niyo ako bilang presidential spox, IATF spox at spox ng bayan,” Roque said.

Masaya akong mission accomplished. Iiwan ko ang trabaho ko na mas mabuti kumpara sa ating nadatnan,” he added.

Roque previously expressed his intention to seek a Senate seat next year. He then declared that he would run only if Duterte-Carpio pursues a national run in 2022.

A former human rights lawyer, he attempted to run for the Senate during the 2019 midterm elections. He backed out in February 2019 or just before the start of the official campaign period due to health reasons.

He is the sixth Duterte Cabinet member who would vie for a Senate seat in next year’s elections, joining John Castriciones (agrarian reform secretary), Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan (information and communications technology secretary), Salvador Panelo (chief presidential legal counsel), Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol (Mindanao Development Authority chairman) and Mark Villar (public works secretary).