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Harry Roque’s conduct towards the press is disturbing; Journalists react to his attitude towards Pinky Webb

Webb was not intimidated by Roque as she did a hair-flip which sent the internet into a craze.

Harry Roque’s “new normal” is being disrespectful to the media, especially during press briefings.

The presidential spokesman became a hot topic once again after his unprofessional attitude during an interview with CNN’s The Source host Pinky Webb.

During his interview with Pinky Webb, he refused to give his reaction when Webb relayed UP professor Danilo Arao’s tweet who was looking for honor and excellence among UP graduates who have government positions.

Adding to that, the spokesperson felt that it was an unfair question. However, Webb was not intimidated by Roque as she did a hair-flip which sent the internet into a craze.

With this, journalists also gave their reaction towards the meltdown of Roque.

Journalist Barnaby Lo pointed out that Roque was easily offended when he was asked about his honor and excellence. He also recalled that the spokesperson was a former UP law professor and human rights lawyer who opposed Duterte. Now, he is an enabler for the government.

Rappler journalist Rambo Talabong had a laugh after Roque was obviously annoyed about the question.

The simple but powerful retaliation of Pinky Webb when Roque had his usual meltdown sent journalists such as Jules Guiang to tweet how the spokesperson could never beat the resiliency of Webb.

With the hilarious reaction of the CNN journalist, Kevin Manalo wanted people to make a GIF of Pinky Webb doing her hair flip—a trademark which she used to burn Harry Roque.

Others like Anjo Bagaoisan and JP Soriano commended the response of Pinky Webb after she hair-flipped her answer to Roque.

Meanwhile, Tarra Quismundo, Deputy Editor of ABS-CBN, gave her reaction towards Roque’s behavior which is how he treats the media and public criticism Just like Roque it is also how the Duterte administration is treating the press. She also applauded the response of Pinky Webb sending the message that she is not intimidated by the Secretary.

With Roque’s recent treatment of Pinky Webb, ABS-CBN broadcaster Karen Davila shared that the column of Inquirer’s columnist John Nery would be the perfect discussion on how a public servant such as the presidential spokesperson should act in public.

In Nery’s column, he attacked how a former human rights lawyer, who strongly disapproved how Pres. Duterte ran things, was destroyed by his desire to please the one he serves—the President and not the people of the Philippines.

“We must, yet again, speak of the public conduct of the presidential spokesperson, Secretary Harry Roque. It too is important, because it is a master class in becoming ambition’s slave. What we are seeing, in Roque’s performative press briefings, is the decomposition in public of a former human rights lawyer, a former self-described activist, a former international law expert. It is the public rotting of an educated man, eaten away by an elemental passion,” wrote Nery in the column.



 

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