‘Yolanda’ may haunt Roxas 2016 bid— priest

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MANILA, August 2, 2015— The government’s shortcomings and failures in rebuilding areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda may haunt Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas’ presidential ambition, a Catholic priest said.

Caritas Philippines executive secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez said that the government’s “dismal” performance in the days after the typhoon to rehabilitation stage may affect the image of the Liberal Party’s standard bearer.

“This government has nothing to be proud about when it comes to the rehabilitation,” Gariguez said.

The United Nations (UN) yesterday lamented the inadequate attention given to Yolanda-hit areas, as thousands remain in bunkhouses “that do not meet minimum standards for the provision of basic needs and services.”

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Chaloka Beyani, UN special rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, also said that politics are among the factors that hinders the rebuilding efforts.

In endorsing Roxas as his preferred successor, President Benigno Aquino III lauded the official’s efforts as the de facto “ground commander” of the government response to the devastation caused by Yolanda.

However, Gariguez said “they should not use that as part of his (Roxas) credential because it would be embarrassing on their part.”

“Is this the kind of president that we want?” he added. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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