Lagman on Roque’s new role as human rights adviser: ‘He may become part of the problem’


Albay first-district Rep. Edcel Lagman said the appointment of presidential spokesman Harry Roque as the President’s adviser on human rights is intended “to apparently deodorize the Duterte administration’s unabated violation of human rights.”

But he said the human rights advocacy of Roque has become suspect since he accepted the position of President Rodrigo Duterte’s chief apologist.

“However, after Roque’s human rights advocacy became questionable and suspect when he accepted the role as the President’s mouthpiece, he may become part of the problem, not of the solution, as he is obligated to defend Duterte’s infractions,” Lagman said.

The Magnificent 7 lawmaker also pointed out that Roque’s designation duplicated and overlapped with the duties and functions of the Presidential Human Rights Committee.

The committee is the “primary advisory body to the President in effectively addressing all human rights concerns/issues in the country.” This was created by Administrative Order No. 29 on January 27, 2002 and was further amended by Administrative Order No. 163 on December 8, 2006.