On Monday, November 20, 2017, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced his plan to take the MRT train once a week to know the public’s struggle.
True enough, Sec. Roque made good of his promise but invited reporters to join him.
However, Roque’s MRT stunt has not been popular from pro-Duterte bloggers.
RJ Nieto of “Thinking Pinoy” fame calls Roque’s MRT stunt “ULTRAELECTROMAGNETIC EPAL” on Facebook.
Nieto writes: Oist Harry L. Roque, tuturuan mo pa kamo si MOCHA USON BLOG sa social media e ni live streaming na kay dali-daling gawin, hindi mo alam. Gusto mo bang magka-stiff neck ang publiko?
At kailan ka pa naging taga-DoTr? Trabaho ba ng spokesman yan? O garapalang kampanyahan na ba, tulad nung epalitikong pamaypay na pinamigay mo sa Cebu?
Di mo man lang hinintay makaresign ng tuluyan si Usec. Chavez? Bastusan na lang talaga?
Another up-and-coming social media blogger named Krislam Junsay took to Facebook to denounce Secretary Harry Roque’s publicity stunt in MRT via an open letter.
Krislam Junsay -PARA SA BAYAN
Dear Secretary Harry Roque,
I supported President Duterte because he is a man of action, and he does his job outside public attention. To President Duterte, the limelight is “hilas.” Ang kanya, basta trabaho lang. Wag na magpasikat. I think this is also the same reason why he won as President.
I still remember, as if it was only yesterday, how the City of Davao assisted Filipinos affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Nagulat na lang ang Pilipinas matapos makita ang world class cutting edge equipments na mobilized na pala para tumulong sa mga biktima.
The City of Davao has been at the forefront of helping neighboring regions. 1991 pa lang when Ormoc was devastated by Typhoon Uring. Nandoon na ang Davao. Nobody outside Davao knew that fact until the 2016 elections when people were already sharing testimonials of how Davao is a model city to be emulated.
Only then was the man behind Davao’s success was recognized, which catapulted him to the Presidency.
Secretary Roque, I diverge from other bloggers who have criticized you very harshly. 2 reasons. One, I admired your work when you were coaching UP to compete in Jessup Mootcourt. I think it was around 2012. I was closely following your posts on the event. And because of that, I actually toyed with the idea of, perhaps, sending my resume to your office when it was created less than a month ago.
Second, I still think you’re still an asset to the Duterte government. Your legal knowledge is profound, and that knowledge is important during this perilous time of widespread international black propaganda against Duterte.
We all know you are running for a senate position in 2019. Hence, your publicity stunts. But please, Secretary, wag natin kalimutan yung lesson na nakuha natin from Mar Roxas. What you did in MRT was a complete Mar Roxas. TRAPO as hell!
What we should remember are the lessons from Duterte’s 2016 victory, that people remember genuine small gestures of help. Di na kailangan ng mga engradeng pasikat. Bsta do your job well, and things will follow. And sir, bihira matalo ang mga senatorial candidates ng isang sikat na pangulo
Sir please, last na sana yung sa MRT.
The Facebook Page Lapu-lapu also created a meme criticizing Harry Roque’s MRT outing with an unflattering caption to boot.
CHOO CHOO SA KA-EPALAN.
Hindi ka talaga bagay sa DUTERTE BRAND.