Once again, Harry Roque spews lies and spins the facts in defense of his shameful government. This is consistent with Harry Roque’s work as Duterte’s mouthpiece: spin lies and divert issues.
Restaurant patrons protesting Roque paid for food and tipped well, as evidenced by restaurant CCTV footage.
Roque also intentionally omits that at least 3 protesters were injured by Roque’s security staff as they were violently pushed down the stairs away from Roque’s reception. One testified that fingernails were dug into her neck and a second restaurant patron said his shoulder popped and is now taking pain medication.
The “militant groups” Roque names are concerned members of the Filipino community and allies are outraged at his complicity to Duterte’s atrocities against the Filipino people.
To add insult to injury, community members are also outraged that he has the audacity to host a lavish dinner celebrating himself while the Filipino people are suffering. The majority of the Filipino people continue to languish in poverty and joblessness, bearing the brunt of the socio-economic crisis created by his master: Duterte.
What is this lavish dinner for? Roque’s lobbying to get his seat in the UN ILC And paid for by the taxes of the Filipino people.
Roque is attempting to divert attention from the key issues the activists were raising in the first place. Protesters raised:
• Legitimate opposition to his candidacy in the ILC especially given his role in Duterte’s crimes; Harry Roque, as presidential spokesperson and vying for a spot in the UN International Law Commission, must be held accountable for these crimes.
• Criticisms of the Duterte regime on its policy failures, crimes, and human rights violations against the Filipino people that even the United Nations Human Rights Council and International Criminal Court have condemned openly.
• The insensitivity of his wining and dining in a lavish restaurant while Filipinos are dying from a disastrous covid response and failed economic policies.
Fact twisters like Harry Roque are not worthy of a seat on the International Law Commission nor any public office. We reiterate our message: Roque out of ILC! Roque out of NYC!
NO TO ROQUE IN THE UN INTERNATIONAL LAW COMMISSION!
END CORRUPTION AND MISUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT FUNDS!
STOP THE KILLINGS IN THE PHILIPPINES!
UN ILC: JUNK ROQUE!