What would you feel if while marking a day of fear, death and violence, somebody would greet you “happy anniversary”?
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.
The rage in Zamboanga is the second sad incident that marred Mar’s Mindanao visit. VIEW VIDEO