“Wala pong nalabag pero kung meron pong na-offend, paumanhin po. ‘Di po natin intensyon na tayo’y may ma-offend po,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explained photos of him in Ocean Adventure located in Subic, Zambales as he received backlash from going on a “vacation” during the pandemic.
[There were no violations but if there were people who were offended, I apologize, it was not my intention to offend.]
Roque said he stopped by the resort on his way to Mariveles, Bataan where he had agricultural businesses to attend to.
“I was trying to wrap up po ‘yung mga negosyo ko noong wala pa ako sa gobyerno. Hindi ko naman po magawa nung sarado po ang Bataan,” he explained in an interview
[I was trying to wrap up my businesses when I wasn’t in the government yet. I couldn’t do it before when Bataan was still under the lockdown.]
In a Palace press briefing, Roque repeated this apology and denied allegations that he held a party, violating the COVID-19 protocols.
“Hindi po ako nag-party, nag-iisa po ako, ang kasama ko po apat na dolphins,” he said.
[I didn’t have a party. I was alone with four dolphins.]
“Kung mayroon nalabag po ako sa social distancing, ang katabi ko naman po mga dolphins, hindi naman mga tao,” he added.
[If I violated any social distancing rules, I was with dolphins and not people.]