Presidential Candidate Mar Roxas waves away criticism towards Sa Gitna ng Unos, a comic book that dramaticized Roxas's life. A huge portion of the comic book featured the LP (Liberal Party) Standard Bearer's involvement in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, that destroyed numerous parts of Leyte.
Roxas, in an interview in Quezon province, said:
"Alam mo 'yung mga natutuwa, maraming salamat sa mga natutuwa. Sa mga nagre-react nang negative, malamang mga kakampi sila nga aking mga katunggali. Siguro nakita nila na epektibo ito kaya nagre-react sila nang negative. Ganyan naman talaga 'yan."
(I know there were people who were amused. Thank you to the ones who were amused. To the ones who reacted negatively, most likely these are supporters of my rivals. Maybe they saw how effective it was, and so they reacted negatively. That's just how they really are.)
Roxas' spokesman Akbayan Representative Ibarra Gutierrez said that the comic book was made by Roxas's supporters who wished to inform the Filipinos about the truth behind Yolanda. The comic book as done to counteract the spreading of lies concerning his deeds at that time.
Several other officials spoke of Roxas's deeds during Yolanda, such as Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, who said that the criticisms hurled at Roxas were "unfair."
The participation in Yolanda has been an issue widely talked about in the past presidential debates because of the involvement of most of the candidates.
Read more here: In Cavite, comic book 'campaigns' for Roxas
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