- Harry Roque narrated a joke suggesting that he and actor James Reid looked alike
- Because of this, netizens let out a flood of comments, with many of them sneering at Roque
- Many netizens also created memes about the James Reid joke of the Malacañang spox
- Roque also recently became a hot topic on the Internet because of his remark that it is “unchristian” to ask why he was immediately able to get a room at the PGH
Malacañang spox Harry Roque is trending online again because of his remark, albeit a joke, which suggests he looked a lot like actor James Reid.
Hundreds of netizens immediately reacted, with many of them providing a host of reactions to Roque’s joke.
Roque’s joke talks about how he was asking about the price of the picture of James Reid.
The joke goes this way:
Roque to Saleslady: “Magkano po tong picture ni James Reid, Miss?”
Saleslady: “Salamin po yan, Sir!”
Netizens immediately replied with memes and jeers. One netizen even quoted the late Sen. Miriam Santiago in his reply to Roque’s joke.
“If you think brilliant mind at gwapo ka, ang dahilan ay you're not feeling well,” the netizen, quoting Sen. Santiago, wrote in his reply.
A different netizen wrote by way of a reply to Roque’s joke: “Napaka unchristian nmn ng statement na yan ni Harry Roque. Ginawa nyang pangit si James Reid!”
Another netizen wrote in her reply: “Harry niyo sabog hahahaha James Weird!”
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Herminio "Harry" Lopez Roque Jr. is a Filipino lawyer, politician, and former law professor, who now serves as the presidential spokesperson of President Rodrigo Duterte. He was born on October 21, 1966. Roque first served as Duterte's Presidential Spokesperson from 2017 to 2018 and was reappointed in April 2020. He previously served as the Party-list Representative of KABAYAN from 2016 to 2017. Roque taught constitutional law and public international law for 15 years at the University of the Philippines College of Law. Among the notable cases he handled are the Maguindanao massacre and Jennifer Laude cases.
Most of Roque’s pronouncements, whether official or made in jest, have always been subject to netizens’ sneers and jeers. Such was the case when Roque gave his opinion on whether “lugaw” is essential, referring to the case of the delivery food rider who was prevented from delivering the food to a barangay.
In some instances, even fellow government officials question Roque’s pronouncements. Several weeks ago, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte asked Roque how is it that the latter turned out COVID positive. The president asked this question during the weekly briefing with other Cabinet members online. Roque for his part said he does not know where he got the virus. PRRD then remarked that he senses no difference in the manner the Malacañang SPOX acts or speaks.
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