Vice President Jejomar Binay called "epal" by Twitter users for trying to seek truce with rebels in Zamboanga

That’s what they said.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that netizens bashed Vice President Jejomar Binay and called him "epal" after he flew to Zamboanga over the weekend to try discussing a truce with Muslim rebels holding several civilian hostages.

 

According to the report, scores of Twitter users disliked Binay's gesture and said it was too early for him to be campaigning for 2016. User Ches tweeted: "What the... epal move Binay? Too early for 2016." Referring to Binay, the parody account of national hero Jose Rizal, @tweetnirizal said: "Promoting a fake ceasefire should get you fired."

 

Binay earlier announced that he had reached a ceasefire agreement with the Muslim rebels' leader, Nur Misuari and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. But a few hours after he said this, fighting again erupted in Zamboanga and the government announced that it has not reached a truce with the rebels.

 

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