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PHILIPPINE National Red Cross volunteers carry sacks of relief goods that will be sent to typhoon-affected areas in northern Luzon. Photo from PNRC

The Catholic Church’s social service arm in the Philippines is repacking relief goods acknowledging election candidates as donors.

“We ask politicians to give donations without their name if it’s for charity,” said Caritas Filipinas Foundation secretariat coordinator Sister Perpetua Bulawan, adding that they repack the goods based on the community’s needs.

The Church had urged the public to provide relief aid to victims affected by the super typhoon that battered northern Philippines early this week.

The Commission on Elections had earlier warned candidates for the Oct. 25 village and youth council elections against using the typhoon as a campaign opportunity, saying it constitutes vote-buying, considered an election offense.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council estimated that typhoon Megi caused the evacuation of more than 200,000 people, leaving 11 people dead and 16 others injured.

As of Oct. 20, the typhoon has affected a total of 215,037 people from the Northern Philippines and Metro Manila. Courtesy of ucanews.com

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