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Celebs, personalities, medical professionals berate Harry Roque for his ‘uncalled for’ outbursts against HCW, Spox apologizes

A day after things blew up, the Spokesperson issued an apology and said that he got carried away when he heard the proposal of Dr. Limpin and Dr. Dans.

Presidential mouthpiece Harry Roque on Friday, September 10, said he got ’emotional’ when he castigated health care workers, which resulted in him getting called out by celebs, personalities, and even medical professionals.

Earlier on Thursday, September 9, Roque scolded the HCWs after he heard the proposal of Dr. Maricar Limpin, president of the Philippine College of Physicians and Dr. Antonio Dans, convenor of the Healthcare Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 to impose a two-week hard lockdown.

“Do not sit there as if you are the only ones right. We’re trying to achieve total health. Who wants COVID to kill people?

“Are you saying that only medical frontliners are concerned about the health of the people? We all want to save lives.

“We’re crying out loud. No one in the government wants a single life lost. No one! How dare you think that we are not considering steps to prevent the loss of lives?” an agitated Roque said in a video.

After seeing how government officials behave against these modern-day heroes, Kapamilya actress Agot Isidro reminded Roque how he was taken care of by medical professionals after getting infected by COVID-19 twice.

Comedian and director John ‘Sweet’ Lapus even poked fun at Roque’s face saying that the Secretary may have undergone cosmetic surgery given that his forehead did not move while ranting.

Talent manager Ogie Diaz sarcastically urged health workers to try and understand the spokesperson.

TV personality Kiko Rustia advised the public not to vote for Roque for any government position because of his arrogance and unprofessionalism.

Another TV personality Justin Dizon also took a swipe at Roque by concluding that he should ‘kiss his dreams goodbye’ as the spokesperson aims to run for senator in the 2022 elections.

Roque also drew the ire of medical professionals as they criticized him on twitter as well.

Meanwhile, Dr. Limpin, who was the target of Roque’s outburst, was shocked at how he behaved, even described the reaction as uncalled for.

“I cannot understand and very surprised that that is his reaction, wala akong sinabi that can be interpreted as being arrogant,” she told Super Radyo dzBB.

“I cannot understand really what brought about the reaction and for me, that is an uncalled-for remark.”

Dr. Leni Jara of SHAPE UP glared at Roque’s harsh comment saying that his statement was rude.

“Pwede ba?! Tumigil ka. Sumusobra ka na. Binastos mo na ang nagtatrabaho at nagliligtas ng mga pasyente.

“Binastos mo! You should apologize to them. You owe them an apology,” Dr. Jara scowled during an interview with ABS-CBN.

Roque apologizes for being ’emotional’

A day after things blew up, the Spokesperson issued an apology and said that he got carried away when he heard the proposal of Dr. Limpin and Dr. Dans.

“Kinukumpirma ko po na tayo’y naging emosyonal at pasensiya naman po kayo at tao lamang,” he started.

However, he only sought forgiveness for his behavior but insisted that his message was not wrong.

“That’s the first time that I lost my bearing in an IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) meeting, but as I said I may apologize and I have in fact apologized for the manner but never for the message.”

According to Roque, he got angry when the health experts emphasized the need for lockdowns and were not thinking about the country’s general populace.

“Nagalit po talaga ako dahil sa tingin ko panahon na po na marinig ang inyong boses ng IATF. Tama na po ang lockdown, magtatagal po talaga ang COVID hindi lang sa Pilipinas kundi sa buong daigdig,” he reasoned.



The Philippines continued to experience a surge of COVID cases and as of this writing, over 27,887 confirmed cases were recorded, climbing to a total of 2,161,892, with 61 deaths, and 12,287 recoveries.

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