Double check info on rehab in Tacloban City, PNoy dared
• July 29, 2014
• Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
• Published in Top Stories
THE House opposition leader whose district in Leyte was hardest hit by super typhoon Yolanda challenged yesterday President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to double check all information and data given to him by his people because the rehabilitation and recovery efforts in Tacloban City remains slow.

“Dapat i-double check niya ang kanyang pigura sa tunay na kalagayan ng Yolanda survivors. It’s a very rosy picture of what has happened, kumbaga maganda lang ang ipinapalabas pero sa katotohanan marami pang kailangang gawin,” a disappointed House independent minority bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said.

Nevertheless, Romualdez vowed to continue working with the Aquino administration and set aside politics despite the snail-paced rehabilitation and recovery efforts in Tacloban City.

Romualdez acknowledged the importance of working with President Aquino, presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery (PARR) Sec. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Cabinet secretaries, local officials and local and international aid donors to uplift the lives of the survivors of various calamities not only in Leyte, but also in Bohol, Cebu, Zamboanga City and other parts of the country.

“We will continue to work with this administration, we will work with the President, particularly Sec. Lascon and other department heads and also coordinate with our friends here and abroad to do more and we will just move forward. There’s is no excuse, but success in giving our typhoon and calamity victims not only in Tacloban City access to better living condition,” said Romualdez.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said “President Aquino’s SONA was a game-changer. It put his critics on the defensive. How can they now argue against sincerity and humility in public service?”

“I wanted to call for a political ceasefire but since we are in a vibrant democracy and the fact that most of his critics have blinders, I don’t see a brief respite of attacks from a handful of the opposition and the leftists especially now that 2016 is just around the corner. President Aquino’s SONA debunked all the notions that he is now a lame-duck president. On the contrary, he is very much still a powerful and influential political figure. It is doubtful if the handful opposition and the leftists would be able to attain their main agenda to weaken President Aquino’s endorsement power in 2016. Some of the programs and projects of the administration have gained traction and are being felt already in the countrywide. And the momentum is already there,” Evardone said.

Isabela Rep. Rodolfo “Rodito” Albano III, a member of the House opposition bloc, described President Aquino’s SONA as heartwarming, but it was short on specific strategies, programs and solutions to pressing problems that bedevil a nation of 100 million people today and in the years ahead.

“It is commendable that the President did not spew fire and refrained from attacking the Supreme Court over the DAP (disbursement acceleration program) issue contrary to expectations,” Albano said.

However, Albano said, the much awaited SONA lacked clarity of purpose and the essential road map on where the Aquino government’s “Daang Matuwid” or “Straight and narrow path of governance” is headed and how it would solve the pressing problems in the last two years of the President’s term.


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