Opposition senators slams COVID-19 PH aid delivery hampered by 'Presidential wannabes'

Opposition senators slams COVID-19 PH aid delivery hampered by 'Presidential wannabes'

The country in the midst of tackling the gargantuan problem brought about by the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19

The senate minority bloc made it public a joint statement, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senators Francis Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros slammed politicians supposedly exploiting the COVID-19 situation in the country to advance their political agenda.

They claim that those “presidential wannabes” and not red tape that is hampering the smooth and efficient distribution of aid to families affected“enhanced community quarantine”, according to the opposition senators. by the Luzon-wide “enhanced community quarantine”, according to the opposition senators.

Senators Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, and Franklin Pangilinan
(photo credit to owner)

“It is not red tape. It is the 2022 political campaign that is hampering the immediate distribution of relief to millions of poor families,” the three senators said.

They cite the complaints as regards the slow release of assistance by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other agencies.
“To presidential wannabes, hands-off, please. Go away,” they said.

“It saddens us that there are people who could be so heartless and power-hungry as to take advantage of this crisis to advance their political ambition,” they added.
The three senators alleges that the distribution of disaster aid and bureaucracy is “politicized” when “political campaign gets in the way.”
“Worse, national and local officials who have shown initiative and innovation in responding to COVID-19 crisis are politicized, criticized and crucified, which would only add to the suffering of our countrymen and women,” they stressed.
The minority bloc senators also said that private organizations, corporations, and institutions should not let themselves be used for apparent political propaganda.

“When charity is politicized, it stinks. In times like this, it kills,” they added
They urged the DSWD and other government agencies to implement the social amelioration package as soon as possible during the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

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