Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II is on the cover of Esquire’s November issue. This month’s issue is for the commemoration of the occurrence of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The issue received criticisms from netizens after featuring DILG Secretary Mar. Nevertheless, Esquire Philippines explained on its official social networking site account Sunday why the DILG Secretary is on its cover.
“Secretary Mar Roxas is on the cover as a symbol of the national government response. Nothing less or more. We were certainly not paid or persuaded to put him on the cover,” Esquire Philippines posted.
The magazine said that its November issue is dedicated to honor the memory of more than 6,000 people killed by Super Typhoon Yolanda last November 8, 2013.
“We at Esquire Philippines will always dignify the memory of those lost, and the pain of those left behind in Tacloban City. Our November issue is dedicated to that purpose.”
“In the issue itself, our writers and photographers revisit Tacloban in order to gather and present the very human tragedies that are still ongoing one year after Yolanda, as well as sift the facts regarding the government’s response,” Esquire added.
Esquire Philippines editors also advised its readers to read what is featured inside the magazine.
“We entreat people to read the features, to look at the images captured inside. Our goal for this issue is to draw attention, once again, to the ongoing situation in Tacloban,” Esquire said.
Aside from the cover photo of Secretary Mar, the clarification provided by Esquire Philippines editors also prompted different views from social media users.