It seems that Palace spokesman Harry Roque is still on “debate mode.”

Roque, who earlier said he was willing to debate retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio on issues raised by the former magistrate on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte, challenged Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo to a debate of their own on Monday.

“Kung gusto po niya kasi isa rin po siyang maingay…So dahil wala ring tigil po si VP Leni, baka gusto niya kaming dalawa na lang [ang magdebate],” Roque said in a virtual presser.

“Si VP Leni wala rin pong tigil sa pagpupuna kay presidente pagdating sa West Philippine Sea. Magkadormitoryo po kami ni VP Leni, magkaibigan po kami, puwedeng magdebate ang mga kaibigan,” he added.

Roque also extended the challenge to Carpio and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.

“Gawin doon sa dormitory namin sa UP (University of the Philippines) ang debate. Kung gusto niya doon sa Kalayaan dormitory, kung saan kami nanirahan [ni VP Leni] ng isang taon.”

The spokesman last May 7 said he was in “debate mode” after being tapped by Duterte to be his representative in the debate from which he backed out.

Roque said members of the opposition should be willing to debate him and prove that Duterte’s foreign policy included surrendering Philippine territory to China.

“Once and for all, mayroong dapat tumayo sa hanay ng oposisyon para magdebate kung talagang ang Presidente Duterte ang namimigay ng teritoryo sa Tsina or kung ibang mga administrasyon iyan,” he said.

“Iyan po ang importanteng pag-usapan dahil paulit-ulit po ninyong sinasabi na ang polisiya, ang independent foreign policy ng ating pangulo ay surrender ng soberenya natin,” he added. John Ezekiel J. Hirro