Several Visayans have raised to social media their sentiments on one of former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas’ remarks, that seemingly ridiculed how people from the islands of Visayas speak the English language.
In a Facebook post, Kristian Lastimosa Caumeran shared how Roxas “unconsiously ridiculed” those who attended the political forum held at the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) in Cebu City on Thursday.
“You unconsciously ridiculed Visayans in two ways: you assumed that all Visayans still pronounce crooked English, (and) you are unwilling to learn Bisaya. I sense superiority complex here,” Caumeran said in the post that has gained 681 likes, 211 shares, and 54 comments as of posting.
The poster was referring to a remark wherein Roxas translated the words “step by step” to Cebuano as “isteep by isteep“.
A number of netizens have attested the truthfulness of the incident; saying that many of the members of the audience felt offended, while there were also some who laughed at the remark.
One user named Nene Inagaki commented, “Magkaisa tayong lahat mga bisaya. Wag iboto si Mar Roxas.”
(“Let us unite, Visayans. Do not vote for Mar Roxas.”)
Roxas was at the USJ-R Center for Perfoming Arts on November 12 to attend a presidential debate organized by Mega Cebu. However, it was only him who showed up at the event since Vice President Jejomar Binay was at another forum, and Senators Grace Poe and Miriam Defensor-Santiago remained in Manila to attend a senate meeting and a speaking engagement, respectively.
“I thought this would be a presidential debate. I don’t know what the other (presidential aspirants) are doing,” Roxas said.