Former Malacañang spokesperson Herminio “Harry” Roque Jr. endorsed the presidential bid of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. in the May 2022 elections.
In a letter to PFP chairman Marcos, signed last November 25, Roque, a staunch defender of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, endorsed the Presidential aspirant and also expressed his desire to accept the adoption of the Partido (PFP) as guest candidate for senator.
The move did not come as a surprise to some political observers as it is widely held that more political personalities will join the BBM-Sara Uniteam alliance in the coming days, bolstering Marcos’s call for unity as the country slowly moves from the airtight grip of the Covid-19 pandemic towards healing and national recovery.
The BBM-Sara Uniteam, an alliance among PFP, Lakas-CMD, Pwersa ng Masa and Hugpong ng Pagbabago, is fielding a Marcos-Sara Duterte tandem, both leading by a wide margin in presidential and vice presidential formal (methodological) and face-to-face man-on-the-street surveys nationwide.
“Unity will make our country strong and stable. Let us not allow ourselves to remain divided by partisan politics before, during the campaign and after we have already installed new leaders in our government,” Marcos said.
Roque served as congressman, law professor and human rights advocate. He was tapped as Palace spokesperson from 2017 to 2018 and was reappointed in April 2020 until his resignation last November when he officially filed his certificate of candidacy for senator.