Binay And Romualdez bash Mar comics
Tacloban city mayor Alfred Romualdez and Vice President Jejomar Binay took turns bashing Mar Roxas for his comic book created by supporters. Romualdez, who had a history of tense exchanges with the Liberal Party stalwart during the Yolanda rehabilitation, called the comic "fiction". Vice President Jejomar Binay, the lead opposition against the Aquino administration, made feisty remarks about the comic saying Roxas is arrogant to accept the comic. Earlier, the Roxas camp denied they had anything to do with the production of the comic book, but nonetheless welcomed it as a positive contribution from the secretary's followers.
Scathing remarks from Binay
Binay spared harsh criticisms on the comic book. "Ang yabang-yabang nito. Sabagay, e ngayon ho, nagpagawa pa ng comics. My god! How shameful it is! Nako! Bayani siya? He was a hero in Yolanda? Oh my god! I think he was outstanding in his incompetence in trying to be the leader to rehabilitate the people of Tacloban." said the vice president in a scathing remark.
Binay took a swipe at the Aquino administration for their supposed delay in release the funds needed to rebuild the houses struck by Yolanda. Binay is the housing czar responsible for the operation. "Ito ho ang nakalulungkot, sasabihin ko ho sa inyo, bakit ho hindi namin mabuo iyong mga bahay na dapat gawin namin dito sa Yolanda victims? Kasi hindi ho kami binibigyan ng pera. Nandoon nakabudget na, hindi naman nirerelease. Iyon ang sinasabi ko e."
Two years after the supertyphoon, on November 2015 it was reported that only 51% of the rehabilitation and recovery programs were complete, while 17,000 out of the needed 205,000 houses have been completed. Of the 17,000 built, only 929 have been turned over to the victims of the typhoon.
Binay also took the time to further his campaign promising that if he is elected president, such delays will not happen because he is a decisive leader. "Ilang taon na? Sa aking pangangasiwa, when I become president, I assure you, I will handle, I will manage properly any cause of calamity or any cause of crisis. Why? Because I am a decisive leader." the VP said.
While Romualdez has admitted that he has not read the comic yet, he comments: "It’s very fictional. It’s not factual… There’s no basis,” referring to what he has heard about the comic book. Further, he said: "Unfortunately, hindi rin ho ako nagbabasa ng comics. But masasabi ko lang, I’ve heard many things about it and up to now nothing good about it. It is very fictional."
Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdez was at the enter of a tense exchange in a meeting with then-secretary Mar Roxas. He has accused the administration for politicking even in times of crisis. He urged followers of Roxas not to be insensitive of the complex issue regarding the Yolanda tragedy. "Ang masasabi ko, lalo na sa mga handlers ng mga kandidato, magdahan-dahan naman. I do not want people in Eastern Visayas, especially in Tacloban, to relive that horrible experience again. And bringing out issues that are uncalled for — what is important pagkatapos ng Yolanda is we institutionalize our learnings," said the mayor, who is running for senator this coming elections.
He added: "Nakikita naman natin sa issue na ganito, marmaing nagulat at maraming hindi nakakaintindi ng sabihin na natin pagdating sa disaster management. Nagkaproblema talaga doon. Ang akin diyan, it’s much deeper than that. It shouldn’t be taken lightly."
CBCP joins criticism of comics, illustrator say it's just business
Even the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) took a swipe at the comic, stating that it is “shameful” and “unacceptable” propaganda. "In conscience, I need to belie this hypocritical claim of Mar Roxas claiming to be a hero in the emergency response...We need to bring truth and decency in our electoral process. A call that I dare to make to all candidates,” said Caritas Philippines Executive Secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez
Meanwhile, in rather awkward plot twist, the illustrator for the Mar comic, Karl Comendador, said that he was only doing his job and is actually supporting Davao city mayor Rodrigo Duterte. "Marami po akong naidrowing na komiks pampulitika noon at ngayon. Trabaho lang po, sana'y inyong maunawaan. Maraming salamat po. DUTERTE PO ANG PRESIDENTE KO!" said the illustrator.