ROXAS MINDANAO TOUR TURNS SOUR

ZAMBO SEIGEMAR ANGERS ZAMBOANGUENOS, LUMADS

What would you feel if while marking a day of fear, death and violence, somebody would greet you “happy anniversary”?

Anger, siyempre!

And this is what Zamboanguenos feel about presidential bet Mar Roxas.

On September 8, Roxas, the standard bearer of President Benigno Aquino’s ruling Liberal Party, visited Zamboanga City in a campaign sortie while residents sadly remembered the violence that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) inflicted on this Western Mindanao capital city a year ago.

The month-long “Zamboanga siege” by followers of Nur Misuari caused dozens of civilian deaths, displaced hundreds of thousands and razed several houses as military engaged the Moro rebels in  sporadic firefights.

Zamboanga is among cities visited by Roxas and Aquino in a blitz visit in Mindanao, apparently an attempt to bouy up Roxas’ political stock. Roxas, Aquino’s former interior secretary, is a consistent cellar dweller in poll surveys.

RED MORE: Zamboanga City netizens offended by Roxas’ ‘anniversary’ greeting

The rage in Zamboanga is the second sad incident that marred Mar’s Mindanao visit. VIEW VIDEO

HAKOT

In Davao City, Roxas gathered Mindanao local government officials in in an apparent attempt to lure the Mindanao vote.

The event at the SMX Convention Center on September 9 that lired a crowd of nearly 2,000 including 18 governors and 40 mayors, was a Malacanang-organized side event of Aquino’s visit with Roxas tagging along.

The sign of political herding (hakot system) was apparent in the gathering, with most of the crowd wearing yellow shirts emblazoned with Roxas campaign slogans Anak Ako ni Mar, Oras Na, Roxas Na and Marunong, Marapat at Marangal.

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