Leni hits Bongbong comic book for inaccuracy
Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - April 1, 2016 - 10:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo yesterday criticized the comics about her rival Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for its supposed inaccurate portrayal of events after the 1986 People Power Revolution.

The comic book claimed that American soldiers had maltreated members of the Marcos family when they arrived in Hawaii after the revolution. It also described as “lies” all the allegations against the Marcoses.

“I have scanned the comics. Some of the events were not portrayed exactly as they happened,” Robredo said in a statement. 

“There is no problem with comics. But for me, historical truths should not be changed. Those who do it are fooling the public,” she added. 

LP presidential bet Manuel Roxas was also featured in a comic book, Sa Gitna ng Unos, which depicted him as a hero during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda. It portrayed him as a public servant who faced dangers because of his desire to help typhoon victims

Roxas’ wife Korina Sanchez posted online photos showing people enjoying the controversial campaign material. She claimed that people from Tarlac and Nueva Vizcaya loved the comics.

In her Instagram account, Sanchez claimed that everyone is “happy” about the comics, which was heavily criticized for its supposed inaccurate portrayal of the events during the height of Yolanda.

“So everyone is happy about Mar’s comics,” Sanchez said in an Instagram post dated March 31.

“Thanks to all the supporters who had this made for us – to show (the) truth about Mar’s life and achievements! We love you!” she added. 

Some Internet users who wrote comments about the posts bashed Sanchez, calling her an ambitious woman who is raring to become the country’s first lady.

They also said that the comic book did not show what really happened in areas ravaged by Yolanda and even branded it as an insult to the typhoon victims. 

There were also positive comments by Roxas supporters, who described him as the choice of intelligent voters.

Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez said he respects the decision of Roxas to allow himself to be depicted as a hero during the onslaught of the super typhoon, particularly when Roxas stayed in Tacloban City.

He explained that Roxas, being a presidential candidate, only wants to highlight certain things when the strongest typhoon on record devastated Tacloban City. – With Robertzon Ramirez

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