Palace spokesman Harry Roque failed to get a seat at the United Nation’s (UN) International Law Commission (ILC).

The ILC is a UN body responsible for making recommendations that encourage “the progressive development of international law and its codification.”

Roque was nominated to the body by President Rodrigo Duterte, a nomination that had been balked at by several lawyers groups in the Philippines.

Roque received the least number of votes among representatives of UN member-states from the Asia-Pacific region. He was voted by 87 of 191 voters.

“My candidature at the ILC was a challenging campaign throughout but we met it head on. Unfortunately, we did not succeed,” he said in a statement.

The ILC is composed of 34 members elected by the UN General Assembly every five years.

Winning representatives were from India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, China, South Korea, Cyprus and Mongolia.

“I wish the new members of the ILC success, especially as they tackle challenging issues such as rising sea levels and vaccine equality – issues which I will continue to advocate for as well,” Roque said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro Save & Exit