Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has indeed become the fave subject of online memes.
New ones have turned viral following his Instagram post that showed him seemingly enjoying himself in the newly reopened Boracay. "(A)ng aking masayang lugar mula noon, hanggang ngayon," he captioned.
Roque's “happy place,” as he called it, welcomed tourists back in October 1 in an attempt to jumpstart domestic tourism. He has helped announced the reopening of the destination, with a requirement for tourists to submit a negative RT-PCR test taken 48 hours before scheduled departure and follow health and safety measures (such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing).
The wittiest of Filipino netizens, as they've done many times earlier as a form of political satire, played around with his new photo. The results of their insta-Photoshop? With the volume of shares and many "laugh" reactions, one can say rib-tickling: Roque playing defense on LeBron James, Roque "assembling" with the Avengers, Roque blocking in a patintero game, Roque on top of a cheerleading pyramid.
Roque himself posted a compilation of these hilarious memes on his Facebook account, seemingly "entertained" himself. "Akala nyo di ko nakikita. Tawa lang kayo. #kalmaAkoLangTo," he wrote.
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Yet, this isn't the first time the Malacañang official has become the talk of the town for his controversial statements and remarks — deemed insensitive by some sectors of society. Here's a recap of those that have triggered the public — so far.
1. When he congratulated the Department of Education and the entire Philippines on the “successful” opening of classes despite the challenges brought about by the current pandemic...
2. When he came to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ defense regarding the budget used for the Manila Bay makeover amid COVID-19...
3. When he took issue with Vice President Leni Robredo’s comment that winning the battle against COVID-19 goes beyond simply waiting for a coronavirus vaccine…
4. When he said he had no problem with President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to grant “absolute pardon” to US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Pemberton, who killed Filipino transwoman Jennifer Laude in 2014. Roque, a former human rights lawyer, used to defend the latter as counsel.
5. When he stressed he ‘seriously disagrees’ with Robredo, who earlier slammed the Duterte government for blaming Filipinos for the country's rising number of coronavirus cases. This, despite a YouGov survey released last July that showed 91% of Filipinos had made it a point to wear a mask when stepping outside.
Banner image taken from Harry Roque's Instagram account