Roque says leaker of video of him berating doctors liable for 'revealing public secrets'

Roque says leaker of video of him berating doctors liable for 'revealing public secrets'

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said the person who leaked a video of him castigating a group of doctors for asking the government to rescind its decision to ease quarantine curbs are liable for “revealing public secrets.”

He said he also thinks the person is likewise liable under the Data Privacy Act and Anti-Wire Tapping Law.

But when asked if he plans to file a case against the video leaker, Roque said he is leaving it up to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

“Sa tingin ko ay liable at liable rin po for revealing public secrets pero hahayaan ko na ‘yan sa IATF at ‘yan naman ay napag-usapan kanina sa IATF,” he said in a Palace briefing.

(I think they are liable and they are also liable for revealing public secrets but I will leave it up to the IATF since it has already been discussed in our meeting.)

A video obtained from a source by the Inquirer shows an apparently fuming Roque during an IATF meeting after a group of doctors requested the government to reconsider its decision to relax quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila as coronavirus infections continue to rise amid the highly contagious Delta variant.

Roque was seen berating the doctors for expressing their discontent over the government’s pandemic response.

He was recorded telling one of the participants in the online meeting that their group should recognize the Duterte administration’s efforts to contain the virus.

“We employed the ‘entire government approach’ thinking about economic ramifications, thinking about the people (who) will go hungry. It does not mean that we care any less,” Roque said in a raised voice.

“And let me point out to everyone, this group, they have never said anything good about the government response,” he said, pointing a finger at his computer screen.

It was learned that he was addressing Dr. Maricar Limpin, president of the Philippine College of Physicians.


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