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Cagayan governor claims no problem with peace and order because of zero Muslims in the north; Cagayan PIO issues an apology

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba is at it again.

If there’s one thing that’s consistent about Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba, it’s how insensitive he is with his statements.

In a now-viral tweet, Mamba once again brought the unbridled hate of a community unto himself by claiming that his province does not have Muslims and that their “absence” is somehow linked to peace and order.

Mamba dropped that bomb during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, November 25. Mamba also said that dredging Cagayan River will restore it to its former glory as well as bring in more money for the provinces of the north.

“We could also see the interest of the Chinese, the Taiwanese, the South Koreans, and the Japanese in the agricultural, aquaculture, and even livestock industry of our province and that would include the tourism industry,” he added.

While senators let Mamba’s snide remark about Muslims and peace and order slide, netizens weren’t too happy.

ABS-CBN reporter Jeff Canoy pointed out how Muslims are peace-loving and that their presence has nothing to do with the status of peace and order in Cagayan.

He also burned Mamba by saying there are Muslims in Mamba’s province.

Journalist Barnaby Lo called out Mamba for his remark, saying it was “as ignorant as it is bigoted” to claim that Muslims are trouble-makers.

Pia Magalona, for her part, merely expressed disbelief at Mamba’s remark about Muslims.

Human rights advocate Samira Gutoc, herself a Muslim, had no words for Mamba and his seeming disdain for Muslims and their peace-loving nature.

SOGIE Bill advocate Von Velasco, for his part, only had one thing to say about Mamba’s remarks on Cagayan’s peace and order situation.

After getting flak on social media, the Cagayan Public Information Office issued an apology, “Nililinaw po ni Gov. na ang ibig niyang tukuyin ay ‘Walang paniniwalang extremism sa mga kapatid na Muslim na naninirahan sa Cagayan’.”

“Kaugnay nito ay muling humihingi ng paumanhin si Gov. Mamba kung ibang konteksto ang ibinunga ng kaniyang pahayag sa Senate committee hearing.”

Cagayan Gov’s penchant for snide remarks

This isn’t the first time the Cagayan governor would drop either snide remarks or commit horrific gaffes on air.

Mamba would come under fire early in October for saying teachers were enjoying the pandemic as they were “paid to do nothing”.

He would also rock social media—albeit not as hard—for saying he would rather have President Rodrigo Duterte declare martial law in Cagayan than enforce a localized or selective quarantine.

Mamba cited continued criminal activity in Luzon even with the pandemic in full swing. He even went as far as claiming that the New People’s Army was taking relief goods away.

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