Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque apologized over his photos swimming with dolphins in Subic that went viral on social media.
“Kung meron man akong na-offend sa mga nakita nilang larawan, paumanhin po dahil tao lang po. Kung tatanungin niyo po ang mga tiga-Malacañang, ang trabaho ko po walang Sabado-Linggo. Kung kinakailangang mag-break, isingit mo kung kailan maisisingi,” the lawyer said in a statement on Thursday.
The photos, which were originally posted from a marine adventure park in Zambales, showed Roque in a rash guard and swim cap enjoying the company of the four dolphins as he posed for a photo in the open water. Other photos also showed him patting the dolphins on the head and chatting with two park personnel without masks on.
Roque insisted that he did not violate the social distancing rules and said that the visit to the dolphin park was only a “side trip” when he drove to Bataan supposedly to check on his businesses there.
He said swimming with dolphins was not prohibited by existing rules, as this is already allowed as a non-contact sport.
“Hayaan niyo po, hindi na mauulit ‘yan kasi hopefully, mage-MGCQ (modified general community quarantine) na rin sa Metro Manila,” he said.
Roque also quickly debunked claims comparing his photos to the viral birthday bash or mañanita of Metro Manila police chief Debold Sinas.
“Hindi po ako nag-party, ang kasama ko po apat na dolphin. Ang katabi ko naman po ay mga dolphins, hindi naman mga tao,” he explained.
The viral photos have already been taken down from the Facebook page of Ocean Adventure Subic Bay.