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Mar camp on allegations of ‘mishandling’ Yolanda funds: ‘Doon lang tayo sa totoo’


The camp of senatorial candidate Mar Roxas urged the public to stick to the truth in the face of accusations that the former Interior Secretary mishandled funds meant for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

Caloocan City Representative Edgar Erice, who serves as Roxas' campaign manager, made the remark on Thursday after Senator Panfilo Lacson said that Roxas had nothing to do with the supposed mishandling of funds.

"I would like to correct that perception. Wala naman talaga siyang [Roxas] kinalaman sa pondo ng Yolanda," Lacson said Thursday, adding that he lamented that Roxas has become the "poster boy of Yolanda," with President Rodrigo Duterte accusing him of fund misuse.

In a statement, Erice thanked Lacson.

"Malinaw sa mga COA [Commission on Audit] report, sa mga ginawang imbestigasyon, at ngayon, sa sinabi ng rehabilitation czar na si Senator Ping Lacson: Walang ninakaw na Yolanda funds si Mar Roxas," Erice said.

"Kaya nga kasabay ng pasasalamat namin kay Senator Ping, nananawagan kami sa ating mga kababayan: Doon lang po tayo sa totoo," he added.

Lacson said the accusation of mishandling Yolanda funds is unfair to Roxas, saying that it was the local government units that handled the cash assistance for fund victims.

"'Yung DILG [Department of the Interior and Local Government], nag-provide ng cash assistance sa mga local government units, and dumaan lang naman sa kanya 'yun," he said.

Erice called on the public to not be persuaded by "fake news" when they choose their senators in the May elections.

"Mahalaga ang desisyon na gagawin ng mga botante sa darating na eleksiyon, dahil may epekto ito sa kinabukasan natin at ng ating mga anak. Tiwala kami na ang pagbabatayan nila ay ang katotohanan, at hindi ang sabi-sabi ng kung sinu-sino sa internet," he said. — BM, GMA News

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