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Roque: No need to publicize President’s work

President Rodrigo Duterte does not need to publicize that he is doing his job, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Monday.

Roque was responding to a query on why the President postponed his scheduled public address twice last week as his former aide and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go released photos and videos of Duterte riding a motorcycle, jogging, and playing golf—all done during the night.

“Ang Presidente po natin, 24/7 ang kanyang nasa isip ay ang bayan po. Hindi kailangan ipangalandakan ni Presidente na siya ay naninilbihan,” Roque said during a Palace briefing.

(The President thinks of the nation 24/7. He does not need to publicize that he is serving the people).

Roque, however, assured the public that the President is on top of the situation.

“The President made the decisions he needed to make, such as the quarantine classification in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. He has supervision on the vaccination program, to ensure its rollout as soon as possible. Hindi kailangan magpakita ng patunay na siya ay nagtatrabaho. Hindi ganun ang istilo niya na ipagyabang sa tao na siya ay nagtatrabaho,” Roque argued.

(He does not need to show proof that he is working. It is not his style to brag about his work for the people.)

President Duterte has no scheduled public engagement since he personally received the one million doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines paid for by the national government in Villamor Air Base last March 29.

The Philippines has 146,519 active COVID-19 cases so far.

Of this number, at least 58,000 new cases were recorded in Metro Manila alone in the last two weeks.—AOL, GMA News