The press briefing was facilitated by Abella’s successor Kabayan Representative Harry Roque, before leaving for Japan at the Davao International Airport on Sunday night, October 29, 2017. Pres. Duterte was asked why he replaced Abella, but his answer was short “The reason is personal decision. I am not about to explain why I did it.”
In the middle of the question and answer with the press, Pres. Duterte introduced Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque as his new Presidential spokesperson. Pres. Duterte said “Meet my Malacanang spokesperson he will carry my word to the public and he is very competent, able lahat na, It’s in the messaging actually we cannot speak with the same words altogether but how he would covey that message from me would me most important I trust that he would be able to come up to the expectation.”
Here’s the Complete Story as Told by Jay Sonza:
am glad he listens.
did you watch how the president now answered questions from reporters? If you did not, you just missed the new PRRD in treating not so stupid questions from malacanang scribes.
Reporter (Von Aquino-hindi ko alam kong anong media outfit siya galing): Mr. President, could tell us or explain to us why Usec. Ernie Abella was replace?
PRES. DUTERTE: i DON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN MY DECISION TO YOU.
Reporter Von Aquino:Could tell us why you choose Cong. Harry Roque to replace Usec Abella?
PRES. DUTERTE: I DON’T HAVE TO TELL YOU WHY I CHOSE HIM.
Reporter Von Aquino: Would you tell us what would be next assignment of Mr. Abella in your administration?
PRES. DUTERTE: YOU WOULD KNOW IT WHEN HE IS THERE?