2013 senatoriables’ politicking in relief ops lamentable – group

THE youth group Anakbayan today expressed its disappointment over reports that several 2013 senatoriable candidates have used on-going relief efforts for Metro Manila flood victims to engage in ‘early campaigning’.

Many Filipino ‘netizens’ have criticized pictures showing Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, Bureau of Customs (BOC) chief Ruffy Biazon, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) director general Joel Villanueva, and losing 2010 senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros, all accompanying President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III aboard a military truck in Valenzuela last Wednesday.

All four have been officially announced as members of the Liberal Party’s 2013 Senate line-up.

“We understand if they want to win the 2013 elections. But please, not at the expense of our fellow Filipinos still reeling from the effects of the floods” said Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of Anakbayan.

This week, TV stations aired advertisements featuring two of the four (Villanueva, Hontiveros) along with another LP senate bet: Quezon Rep. Erin Tanada.

“Out of delicadeza, they shouldn’t even argue that it’s not ‘politiciking’. Obvious naman eh. Best thing that they can do is keep their peace and go about their individual relief efforts without fanfare, like the thousands of volunteers participating in various relief operations across the country” said the youth leader.

He hailed as an example of ‘genuine service’ student volunteers of the ‘Tulong Kabataan’ relief effort which held ‘soup kitchens’ for flood-affected families in Tondo (Manila) and Brgys. Old Balara, Holy Spirit, East Kamias, and Quirino (Quezon City) despite having no funding from the government or corporations.

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