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Harry Roque considers Pres. Rodrigo Duterte as his ‘modern-day Lapu-Lapu,’ netizens disapprove

However, Roque’s comparison did not sit well with Netizens.

As the country memorialize the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Mactan, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte is his “modern-day Lapu-Lapu.”

During a press briefing, Roque compared Duterte to Lapu-Lapu in terms of his independent foreign policy.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is my modern-day Lapu-Lapu, lalong-lalo na po sa kaniyang polisya na independent foreign policy,” he said.

“Ibig sabihin po n’yan kaibigan nating lahat, wala po tayong kaaway, wala po siya sinasantong mga dayuhan.”

However, Roque’s comparison did not sit well with Netizens.

Writer-actor Juan Miguel Severo quipped that Duterte is a catfish, not a Lapu-Lapu (grouper), a type of fish.

@easy_jonathan threw shade by his imagery of a ‘modern-day Lapulapu.’

Some of them noticed the irony of comparing Duterte to Lapu-Lapu.

@ViktorvonGerden said that to compare Lapu-Lapu to Duterte, who tolerated Chinese invaders–is an insult to the Mactan leader.

While Lapu-Lapu fought for our sovereignty against Spanish oppressors, Duterte is giving away our territories to the Chinese invaders.

They also noted the bravery of Lapu-Lapu, while Duterte has no guts to fight for our territories.



Time and again, Roque never fails in delivering cringe-worthy statements–a great sign of idolatry to Duterte.

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