Presidential spokesman Harry Roque appealed to the public to focus on the most pressing matters now after he was criticized for being at a singing session while parts of the country are still suffering from the effects of Typhoon Ulysses.

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Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque (Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Roque made the statement after he was heavily criticized online and was labeled as “insensitive” after a video of him at a singing session while Cagayan was experiencing floods went viral Saturday.

In a statement Saturday evening, Roque said he was only trying to take a breather from his hectic job in Malacañang.

“Just when I thought I could unload a little after a hectic week/s, my unremarkable singing as a means of unloading goes public and I get a beating,” he said.

Roque appealed to the public that everyone should redirect their focus back to the important matter–the typhoon.

“Having said this, let us go back to the most pressing matter at the moment, which is providing the much-needed assistance to our distressed brothers and sisters in the aftermath of typhoon Ulysses,” he said.

“As I speak, my family and I are preparing/repacking 600 bags of rice for donation in Alcala, Cagayan Valley where my friend and previous law partner and his family reside,” he added.

“Let us unite, help, and be kind to our fellow Filipinos,” he continued.

This was not the first time Roque was criticized by Filipinos online. In August, Roque was criticized for his trip to a resort in Subic where he had a picture with dolphins.

Accepting the fact that netizens will not give him a break, Roque owed up and acknowledged that there will be endless jokes or memes about him, thus the hashtag #KalmaAkoLangIto (Calm down, it’s just me) in his social media posts. 

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