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Roque thanks Duterte for boosting senatorial candidacy

UniTeam senatorial aspirant Harry Roque has thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for endorsing his candidacy twice which further boosted his chances in the May 2022 elections.

Roque said the presidential anointment had affirmed their shared goals for the nation: to lift the Filipinos out of poverty, criminality, and all forms of injustice.

Duterte called Roque the best presidential spokesperson ever, which has begrudged and frustrated the opposition, and a bright lawyer who can discuss anything with authority.

The President also said Roque would be an asset in the Senate owing to the latter’s wisdom and experience in helping Filipinos.

Roque said he was pleased and humbled to receive the full backing of the President who appeared in two of his political advertisements.

“What warms my heart is that the President’s second endorsement was voluntary on his part,” Roque said. “It was not solicited. For that alone, I owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”

Roque said the President’s endorsement significantly boosted his senatorial campaign. In two Tangere-Manila Bulletin surveys, Roque was in the top 12 most preferred senatorial candidates.

Roque advocates for ‘zero hunger in the Philippines, potable water for all, ‘three-day court hearing’ rule, greater health care for Filipinos, and job creation, particularly for pandemic-affected workers.

As a former party-list representative in the House of Representatives’s 17th Congress, Roque said Duterte certified several of his bills as urgent. This in turn fast-tracked their enactment into law.

Roque authored landmark legislation on Universal Health Care for Filipinos, free tuition in state colleges and universities, free school feeding for elementary pupils, free irrigation for farmers, and free wi-fi in public spaces.

As a lawyer and legislator Roque has championed human rights. He taught public international, constitutional, and international humanitarian law at the University of the Philippines- College of Law.

Roque has litigated numerous landmark cases in both domestic and international courts. Roque secured convictions for the perpetrators of the massacre of 58 individuals in Maguindanao and the murder of LGBT member Jennifer Laude by an American serviceman, respectively.

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