No politics in PNoy's skipping Maribojoc
MANILA - Malacañang denied that politics is behind the President’s skipping Maribojoc town when he visited earthquake-stricken places in Bohol.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte pointed out that Aquino also visited Tubigon even if the mayor of the town is not a member of the Liberal Party.
“Can I also just point out that the other town visited by the president, the mayor of that is also not a member of the Liberal Party pero pumunta po ang Pangulo. Wala naman hong nakikitang kulay ang Pangulo ‘pag dating po d’yan sa calamity and relief efforts po natin,” Valte said.
Previously, Aquino had visited provinces hit by calamities and were welcomed by provincials leaders not allied with the ruling party such as Laguna Governor ER Ejercito of UNA and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, an ally of former President Arroyo.
Valte said logistics may just have been a factor for skipping Maribojoc.
“I’m not quite sure if it’s logistics also that they citing that’s why doon sa mga lugar na ‘yun pumunta,” she said.
Valte nevertheless assured the people of Maribojoc that government will continue to address the their relief and rehabilitation needs.
“Hindi naman po porke hindi nadaanan ng Pangulo ay hindi ho natin papansin. Far from it,” she said.
Maribojoc Mayor Leoncio Evasco has come under fire for driving out Philippine Red Cross workers giving out relief goods to quake survivors in his town.
The Red Cross earlier accused the mayor of insisting on turning over the relief goods to the local government, which the group opposed because it is against Red Cross policy.
Evasco, however, said he was only after the fair distribution of the relief goods since some families were getting more than their share.
He also accused the PRC volunteers of arrogance for failing to coordinate their relief activities with him.