- Pinky Webb’s interview with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on CNN Philippines went viral
- During the interview, Webb read a tweet from UP Diliman journalism professor Danny Arao
- Arao called out UP faculty and alumni who are also top officials in President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration
- The presidential spokesperson cried foul when Webb asked him to react to Arao’s tweet
- Roque, a UP alumnus, claimed that Webb was implying that he has no honor if he did not agree with the UP professor
- Webb calmly denied the accusation from Roque, explaining that she merely wanted to hear his reaction towards Arao’s viral tweet
CNN Philippines anchor Pinky Webb had an intense interview with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
On her program “The Source,” Webb read a tweet from UP Diliman journalism professor Danny Arao calling out UP faculty and alumni who are also top officials in President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
According to Arao, they should denounce the unilateral termination of the UP-DND accord if they have any sense of honor and excellence.
When Webb asked Roque to react to Arao’s tweet, the presidential spokesperson cried foul. Roque, a UP alumnus, said that Webb’s question is unfair and biased, saying that she was implying that he has no honor if he did not agree with the UP professor.
“The question on Arao was unfair. In the first place, why am I duty-bound to follow anything that Professor Arao says?
“You made it appear as if it’s compulsory for me to follow him. I spent more time in UP than him…
“You were wrong.You were implying that I have to follow what Danny Arao has said. What is the basis for that?
“You said I have to follow him and if I did not do as he did then I have no honor or excellence? Is that a fair question?” Roque told Webb.
However, Webb calmly denied the accusation from Roque, explaining that she merely wanted to hear his reaction towards Arao’s viral tweet. Despite her explanation, Roque continued to call her out for mentioning Arao’s tweet.
Here is a clip of Webb and Roque’s intense conversation on CNN Philippines’ The Source:
Webb was praised by a lot of netizens for remaining calm and professional despite getting accused on-air by Roque. She also posted on Instagram about the hair-flip she did during the intense interview.
The UP-DND accord, which prohibits the military and police from entering UP campuses without the school’s permission, was terminated by the DND because communist rebels are allegedly recruiting new members from the said university.
In a previous report by KAMI, Vice President Leni Robredo condemned the scrapping of the said UP pact. According to Robredo, this was done to silence those who criticize the government.
Celebrities also took to social media to react to this controversy. Enchong Dee tweeted that the government seems to be scared of a revolution; Frankie Pangilinan slammed the red-tagging of students; while Janine Gutierrez expressed her desire for the university to be protected.
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