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Caritas official frowns on Mar’s Yolanda ‘hero’ propaganda

mar-comicsMANILA, March 29, 2016— An official of Caritas Philippines lashed out at a comic book that portrayed presidential candidate Mar Roxas as a “hero” during height of typhoon Yolanda.

Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, called the campaign material “shameful and unacceptable propaganda.”

“In conscience, I need to belie this hypocritical claim of Mar Roxas claiming to be a hero in the emergency response,” Gariguez said.

“We need to bring truth and decency in our electoral process. A call that I dare to make to all candidates,” he said.

Caritas Philippines is also known as the National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace (Nassa), the humanitarian and advocacy arm of the bishops.

Titled “Sa Gitna ng Unos” (In the middle of a storm), the 28-page comic book depicts the administration bet as an action man who risked his life to help the typhoon victims.

Fr. Jazz Siapco, director of Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Center, also criticized the comic book as “misleading” and only meant to advance a political agenda.

“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 said.

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