Roque defends UP experts vs. Antiporda’s paid hack remark

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Thursday he disagrees with the remark made by Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda’s that experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) have no right to criticize the Manila Bay white beach project.

Antiporda on Thursday said he will leave his post if President Rodrigo Duterte says he should do so.

Amid calls for him to resign, Antiporda said: You’re calling for my resignation, you can write to the President or you can make a complaint against me. If the President says I should leave my post, then I will do it. No problem.”

Roque noted that although Antiporda has since apologized for his statement, assisting the government is part of the UP Charter or Republic Act (RA) 9500.

The Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines (UP) is calling for Antiporda’s resignation considering his “ill-fitting background” for the job and for disregarding Filipino scientists’ opinion.

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Antiporda received flak on social media after he called UP experts “bayaran” or paid hacks for getting multi-million funds for consultation fees and for criticizing the Manila Bay beautification project..

On Thursday, Antiporda apologized to the entire UP as an institution saying he was carried away by his emotions. Read More

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Benny Antiporda has apologized to the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) over his remark where he branded them “bayaran (paid hack).”“First of all, let me start this statement with… Read More

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