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Binay gives gov’t failing mark for Yolanda recovery

Tacloban City, Leyte (CNN Philippines) — Vice President Jejomar Binay continued to make the rounds in Leyte on Saturday (November 7) with five senatorial bets of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Together with Binay were Alma Moreno, Jacel Kiram, Allan Montano, Getulio Napenas, and Rey Langit.

In a speech before residents of Tolosa, Leyte, Binay said rehabiliation efforts victims of Typhoon Yolanda were a product of mismanagement.

Hindi trabaho ng marunong mangasiwa. Hindi trabaho ng marunong mamuno,” he said.

[Translation: “This is not the work of someone who knows how to govern and lead.”]

In a press conference, Binay said he was giving the Aquino administration a failing mark in its rehabilitation and recovery efforts for Yolanda victims.

He said no one stood out as a leader when it was needed the most. Binay was a cabinet member when Yolanda hit the country.

He added that a budget was allotted for Yolanda victims but so far, many were still yet to receive aid from the national government and many still didn’t have permanent roofs over their heads.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) earlier reported that two years after Yolanda, only 51% of the rehabilitation and recovery programs had been completed.

Worse, in Tacloban, only 10% of the more than 14,000 promised permanent shelters had been built.


Binay, a former housing czar, believed the government might have intentionally underspent its funds or the funds might have been diverted to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), which was then led by his presidentiable rival Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

Critics earlier hit the underspending of the administration, which is believed to be done to save money to be used in the administration’s campaign for the 2016 elections.

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad has denied such accusations.

Meanwhile, Binay and UNA’s senatorial bets have been making the rounds in Leyte since Tuesday.

It was raining intermittently — but that didn’t stop hundreds of his supporters from welcoming him with open arms.

Later in the evening and the next day, Binay will be joining the Tacloban community in its activities to commemorate the second anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, which left thousands of people dead.

source: CNN Philippines


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