President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles as acting spokesman of the Palace following the resignation of Harry Roque.

Roque resigned effective Monday to run for Senate.

Duterte asked Nograles to be his spokesman during his “Talk to the People” address on Monday night.

“Si Secretary Roque nag-file ng certificate niya kanina…Alam mo once you file your certificate of candidacy, automatic ‘yan out ka sa gobyerno. No other formal ritual is needed except that when you file, tapos ka. At that moment, you cease to be a government employee,” Duterte said.

“So kung maaari, ikaw na lang sana ang acting na muna until we find a replacement,” Duterte told Nograles.

Another former spokesman, Salvador Panelo, is also running for senator in the 2022 polls.

Nograles is a co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

He is also the executive vice president of the PDP-Laban faction backed by Duterte. John Ezekiel J. Hirro