Spox Harry Roque: The misguided presidential spokesperson?

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Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte instigated into office the new Presidential spokesman in the person of Spokesperson Harry Roque. As his new post suggests, Spox Roque is expected to minimize misinterpretations and confusion on the president’s public statements. And by doing so, it is anticipated of him to amend divisiveness and disunity among the Filipino people. 



However, only weeks after he officially assumed his position, Spox Roque made a discriminative remark wary of online journalists and social media activists.

One of those who has been offended by the Spokesperson’s remark was Mark A. Lopez, a distinguished critic and a staunch supporter of the Duterte administration.

“Patay tayo jan Spox!…Marahil di ka aware sa malalim na pinaghuhugutan ng DDS and ung aming mga socmed warriors laban sa mainstream media, or what you emphatically call “legitimate” media.” Lopez initiated.

Explaining his sentiments, mostly frustration and dismay over the mainstream media, Lopez wrote:

“Eto kasi yun eh – sobra kasi taas ng tingin ng MSM sa sarili nila na sila lang ang may K pagdating sa mass communication and information dissemination…Di ba nga kaya nagbitaw pa si Maria Ressa na “it’s time to take back the internet” dahil ultimo dito sa emergence ng social media as a platform dapat domain din ng mga “legit” journo like her.” Lopez claimed elaborately.

Asserting  that it was actually Roque’s league that is misguided and crooked, Lopez revealed the reason behind his (and his fellow suicidal media activists) lack of trust towards the mainstream media.

“Alam mo Spox, dito kayo out of tune and misguided….Kaming mga ordinaryong citizens eh nagising na sa aming slumber when it comes to masscom. Maalam na kami that we now have the power to express our selves and our opinions in a manner that greatly changes the way media is now being utilized.” he pointed out.



Furthering his explanation, Lopez claimed that the people, particularly those who have been actively engaging in political disputes over social media, have been enlightened to the extent of losing the credibility they once had for the mainstream media. Hence, Lopez affirmed that it is inappropriate for the spokesperson to “lecture” the social media activists.

“Kumikilatis na kami ngayon at nagmamasid, at hindi na kami basta basta ngayon sasakay sa banat ng MSM dahil sinusuri na namin ito at binabalangkas kung may pinababoran o may tinatago o may gustong ibang palabasin….Marunong na kami Spox…hindi mo na kami kelangan lecturan o turuan.” Lopez stated.

“Ang trabaho mo eh ilatag ang ginagawa ng liderato natin at sagutin ang mga katanungan patungkol dito o linawin o klaruhin kung may mga tanong o pag a alinlangan, base na rin sa gustong maging direksyon ng ating gobyerno.” He added, pointing out Roque’s real mandate.

Conclusively, the frustrated critic emphasized that for over a long period of time now, Lopez et. Al had been so ardent on advocating for freedom of expression, and spokesman Roque’s intent to “restrict” their rambunctiousness is unjust and improper.

“Nagkakamali ka Spox kung ikakahon mo lang kami na DDS lang na mga mangmang o sunod sunuran lang sa agos…Malaki na naipundar namin sa laban na ito Spox. Ikaw nga eh hindi ka naman original sa hanay namin and bagong salta ka lang.” Lopez claimed.

“Mahirap naman yang sasabihan mo pa kami na kami ang mag adjust sa “legitimate” media…Ano kayo, sineswerte?!!! Don’t us Spox. We kennat!” Lopez ended.



Source: Mark Lopez

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