Karl Comendador, the veteran comic book illustrator who drew for the ‘Sa Gitna ng Unos (In the Middle of the Storm) Mar Roxas comics, admitted that he is a supporter of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. His clarification came after netizens criticized the said comic book that depicts Mar Roxas as a hero during the Yolanda relief effort.
“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!” Karl Comendador wrote on his Facebook page this Monday, March 28. The said post has been deleted, bujt he was quoted by GMA News Online.
“Pwede na siguro ito… Ha, Mayor? Si Pnoy ginawan namin ng komiks, nanalo… Pero binigo niya kami. Sana ikaw mayor pag nanalo ka, huwag mo kaming biguin,” He wrote on Facebook last December 16, as caption to his drawings of Mayor Rody Duterte, admitting that he supported Pnoy. This post has also been deleted.
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But last February 14, Comendador uploaded a black and white photo of the cover of the Mar Roxas comics, along with the caption, “Trabaho lang po! Walang personalan.” The post is still active as of posting, and did not receive negative comments. The actual 28-page comic book was distributed during an LP event in Cavite last Sunday.
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Shortly after, photos from the ‘Sa Gitna ng Unos’ comics were spread online and received tons of criticisms from netizens. This includes a certain Lottie Salarda of Tacloban City, who posted her reaction this Monday, saying that then-DILG Secretary Mar Roxas was there but appears to know nothing about Typhoon Yolanda.
“I was there. Many survivors were there also. I was even present during the press conference where he said that there will be a meeting at 8:00am on November 8. Meaning, he NEVER knew that the storm will hit as early as 5am. Tapos ngayon HERO siya? Wala siyang alam. It will be between his story and our stories. To all Roxas supporters, I’m sorry but your Presidential candidate is insane.”
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As we well know, Mar Roxas has always been criticized over the Yolanda relief effort. Nevertheless, Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez, who is also the spokesman of the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid, said that the comic book was created to show the public the real activities of Roxas during the storm, and that there are documents to prove it.
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