(Eagle News) – Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque changed his mind and decided to run for senator in the May 2019 elections, instead of as a party-list representative, when he filed his certificate of candidacy with the Commission on Elections on Wednesday, October 17.
Roque will run under the People’s Reform Party (PRP) of the late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.
He said that he was offered by President Rodrigo Duterte to run under the ruling PDP-Laban party, but claimed that he had declined the offer.
But he said that he still got the nod of the President for his original plan to run for the Senate, instead of as party-list representative.
During his farewell press briefing as a Palace spokesperson on Monday, Oct. 15, Roque claimed that he was going to run as a representative of Luntiang Pilipinas party-list group.
Roque announced then that had consulted President Rodrigo Duterte himself and that the President had advised him that it was better for him to run for Congress, instead of the Senate.
But the former Palace spokesperson said that he again changed his mind and decided to pursue his original plan of running as a senatorial candidate for the May 2019 elections.
(With photos from Jerold Tagbo, Eagle News Service)