Naging mainit ang panayam nina Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque at ni CNN Philippines host Pinky Webb nang matanong ang kalihim ukol sa isyu ng pagbasura ng Department of National Defense (DND) sa kasunduan nito sa University of the Philippines (UP). Magugunita na may kasunduan ang UP at DND ukol sa pagpigil sa mga kasundaluhan at kapulisan na pumasok sa UP campus nang walang pahintuloy sa mga opisyal ng unibersidad.
Sa isang bahagi ng panayam ay inilutang ni Webb ang social media post ni UP journalism professor Danilo Arao kung saan sinabi nito.
“This disregards everything that UP stands for. Should they remain silent, a six-word question: Where are your honor and excellence?” sabi sa social media post ni Arao.
Hindi naman nagustuhan ni Roque ang direksyon ng panayam.
Roque: “You are wrong. You are implying as if I had to follow what Danny Arao says. What is the basis for that?”
Webb: “It was a tweet Spox, but you said…”
Roque: “But you said I had to follow him and if I did not do as he did, then I have no honor or excellence. Is that a fair question? It’s not.”
Webb (chuckling): “No, I did not say that, Secretary Roque.”
Roque: “That’s what he said though. That’s what he said. And that’s why I’m calling you out for that.”
Webb: “Secretary Roque, just to be clear about this, it was a tweet that I read and I asked for your reaction if you would denounce it.”
Roque: “But it’s implying that I should follow what Danny Arao says. And where is the basis, tell your viewers now. Where is the basis that I should follow what Danny Arao says. It is not you asking for [a] reaction; you were pursuing. Will you denounce? See it’s not just a reaction. You wanted me to answer Danny Arao. Why should I? Is that fair?”
Webb: “OK. Then if you say why should you answer it, and if you answered it that way sir, then I would take it as is.”
Roque: “But you’re pushing the point. Going beyond asking for my reaction. Because ‘Will you denounce it?’ You said it on record. The TV recorded it. You have to be fair, no?”
Source: CNN Philippines