Roque: ‘Born to campaign’

May 3, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 123 views

UNITEAM senatorial candidate Harry Roque has said he was “born to campaign” and loves every minute of it.

“I love it,” Roque told Boy Abunda in an interview. “Normally, people complain that it is tiring but to me, I love every minute of it, and I want more.”

While Roque loves communicating with the public, doing so also has some pitfalls, adding that catching the audience’s attention to listen to him and understand his platforms is always a challenge.

“Masaya ako kasi when you speak, you want to communicate, and when you communicate to a crowd, you better do it well because otherwise, people will fall asleep,” Roque said.

“It is a challenge. How do you get people’s attention without sacrificing your content? To me, that’s the ultimate challenge,” the former presidential spokesperson also said.

Asked why he would always dance during campaign sorties, Roque said that people should know that he also is “fun and outgoing” because they already know his background as a University of the Philippines (UP) professor and a human rights lawyer.

“If I am going to talk about what I want to do as a law professor and as a lawyer, but as soon as I have their attention and you speak in a manner na naiintindihan nila, they get the message,” he explained.

The human rights lawyer has used his expertise to defend impoverished Filipinos, including Jennifer Laude, journalists, and victims of the Maguindanao Massacre.

“I know my law. I’ve taught it. I used it for justice, and I used to make policies for the better Philippines,” Roque said.