‘Mar should get no votes from storm victims’

TACLOBAN CITY—Presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II deserves no vote from the survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” as a result of the government’s  slow rehabilitation of the areas devastated by the howler in 2013, a survivor said Sunday.

Marissa Cabaljao, spokeswoman of the alliance of storm survivors People Surge, slammed the government’s inaction in the devastated areas. She also expressed disgust over the Liberal Party’s induction of new members in Santa Cruz, Laguna, where scantily clad women pranced around.


Yolanda killed more than 7,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands when it hit Central Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013. 

“Mar Roxas betrayed us many times. If he looks back and sees his role in the Yolanda rehabilitation, he better forget his presidential ambitions,” Cabaljao said.

“We will not support this opportunist politician who is fixated on gaining plus points using his post as Department of Interior and Local Government secretary.

“His incompetence is apparent in several crisis situations after Yolanda and during typhoons Ruby and Seniang. But afterwards he will always manage to project himself as a hero.

“It is downright insulting for the Yolanda survivors in the Visayas to allow one of the Gang of 5 who designed and supported the flawed and anti-people rehabilitation design including the enforcement of the no-dwelling zone policy in the calamity-stricken areas.”

Cabaljao said “Roxas, like President Aquino, was not around when his political leadership was needed.”

“Those tactless statements and political grandstanding at a time of crisis—we will not forget those,” Cabaljao said.

“We fully recognize him as the poster boy of gross incompetence and implementor of the Noynoy Aquino brand of deceptive and anti-people leadership.

“In Eastern Visayas today, a number of homes are being demolished to make way for so-called development projects. The communities along the no-dwelling zones are threatened with forced evictions if they do not relocate to other areas.”

Efleda Bautista, retired educator and convenor of People Surge, said “to vote for the man who will continue Aquino’s ‘Tuwid na Daan’ will be an act of treason and will turn this country into a quagmire of absolute poverty and a jungle where only the fittest survive.”

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