Analysts: Roxas to be affected by Kidapawan incident

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas stands to bear the brunt of the political fallout from the Kidapawan incident.

This is according to three analysts who spoke to ABS-CBN News.

According to University of the Philippines (UP) Professor Prospero de Vera, a Senate investigation on the incident will link it to the Aquino administration.

"If (the) North Cotabato governor and PNP (Philippine National Police) mishandle it, it can get worse in the next couple of days. Then (a) Senate investigation can bring to national attention mistakes on the ground and then link it to the PNoy administration. Duterte, in particular, because he is from Mindanao and because (Manny) PiƱol, who is being accused of Mar supporters of agitating the farmers groups, is associated with Duterte,” he said.

For fellow UP Professor Ranjit Rye, the incident "exposes the hypocrisy of Daang Matuwid."

"Kidapawan is a tragedy that exposes not just the hypocrisy of Daang Matuwid, but also the ineffectiveness of the Aquino administration in terms of governance. PNoy can't wash his hands of this issue. Being the chief apologist of the administration and its programs, Mar's campaign will definitely be affected by this very sad event."

De La Salle University Professor Richard Heydarian, likewise, said the incident has a negative effect on the image of the Aquino administration.

"(It) doesn't reflect well on the administration of course. His (Roxas) numbers are already sliding down and his statement was seen as too nuanced by many when people sought categorical ones," he explained.

On Friday, Roxas released a statement, wherein he said he condemns the violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan City.

"Mariin nating kinukundena ang gulong naganap sa Kidapawan kaninang umaga. Nakakabahala ang balitang nagkaroon ng gulo sa pagitan ng mga awtoridad at mga raliyista," he said.

He also called on the PNP to immediately investigate the incident.

"I call on the PNP and other concerned agencies to investigate as to the true cause of the clash and, if warranted, punish those who may be accountable."

Two farmers protesting the alleged lack of assistance from the local government died while more than a hundred were injured during a violent dispersal at the national highway in Kidapawan City, Cotabato province on Friday morning.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR), on Saturday, deployed a fact-finding team from Region-12 to Kidapawan, North Cotabato to investigate the clash.

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