Roque warns Duterte detractors: 'If you throw stones, I'll throw hollow blocks'

Roque warns Duterte detractors: 'If you throw stones, I'll throw hollow blocks'”

Roque's new role as Duterte's spokesman signals an aggressive and combative presidential spokesperson to defend the chief executive.

"I had access to the president".

The announcement came weeks after the president suffered his first major drop in popularity, according to an independent pollster, following the deaths of two Manila teenagers in his anti-crime crackdown.

"If, in the past, you were able to throw stones without anyone hitting back, be warned that if you throw stones, I won't just throw stones but hollow blocks", Roque said in a video posted on Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson's Facebook page, Mocha Uson Blog.

It's Roque's background as a human rights lawyer that would be quite interesting to note given that the President had been, to use his words, "demonized" for his relentless, violent war on drugs.

"The reason is my personal decision".

"He (Roque) will carry my word to the public".

"It's in the messaging, actually".

Duterte earlier endorsed Roque for the 2019 senatorial elections.

President Duterte gave a hint of what to expect when he said that both Roque and him are "binugoy (streetwise, roughly translated)", so as to how that would translate into his pronouncements, we have yet to fully know. "We can not speak the same words all together but how he would convey that message from me would be most important", said Duterte.

Roque, who facilitated the President's press conference in Davao, immediately thanked the Duterte for the "honor" to serve in government. "I am not about to explain why I did it", the President said.

"It is clear that the President has instincts, and that Presidential Spokesperson Roque meets his expectations", Roque's predecessor, Ernesto Abella, said on Monday.

"I believe PSR will be more than adequate for the occasion and will deliver the right support needed for PRRD's program of government".

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