An official of Caritas Philippines slammed “Sa Gitna ng Unos”, the comic book that featured LP (Liberal Party) standard bearer Mar Roxas as the hero of the Typhoon Yolanda relief effort. Apparently, another Catholic priest is also criticizing the same Mar Roxas comics, describing the material as ‘misleading’ just to win election votes.
“In conscience, I need to belie this hypocritical claim of Mar Roxas claiming to be a hero in the emergency response.” Caritas Philippines executive secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez was quoted at CBCPNews.com this Tuesday, March 29, noting that the said comic book is a “shameful and unacceptable propaganda” to fool the Filipino voters.
“We need to bring truth and decency in our electoral process. A call that I dare to make to all candidates,” Gariguez added. Caritas Philippines is also known as National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), the advocacy and social development arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
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Meanwhile, Fr. Jazz Siapco, director of Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Center, also described “Sa Gitna ng Unos” as “misleading” and was only created to campaign Mar Roxas.“He is not a hero. I would consider those who have helped silently in their own little ways the heroes. They are the real heroes,” Siapco was also quoted as saying.
Incidentally, this is not the first time that the ‘Sa Gitna ng Unos’ was criticized. One of the thousands of netizens who publicly slammed the Mar Roxas comic book is Lottie Salarda of Tacloban City, who said she was there when then-DILG Secretary Mar Roxas was there but appears to know nothing when Typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban.
But despite all the criticisms, Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid spokesman and Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez said that the comic book was created to show the truth and that the events were properly documented. On the other hand, Roxas said he could not remember approving its release, but suggested that its content is accurate.