- Posted November 14, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Typhoon Haiyan: Your stories
PH Vice-Pres giving relief goods with his name on plastic bags.
More recent assertions, including by some CNN iReporters, accuse some political leaders of using the relief effort for campaigning purposes and political gain, demonstrated in photographs they claim were taken in the typhoon’s aftermath. CNN could not immediately verify these assertions.
Joey Salgado, chief of the Media Affairs Division for the Office of the Vice President, told CNN on Nov. 20: “The photos with blue relief bags bearing the seal of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) and Vice President Jejomar C. Binay's name, as well as those showing a truck with a tarpaulin with the OVP seal and the Vice President's photo, were taken in 2011 and 2012, respectively.”
“The photos are currently being recirculated online to make them appear they were intended for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The relief bags for those affected by typhoon Yolanda from the OVP were packed in plain white plastic bags. The OVP has also discontinued the use of the tarpaulins for over a year now,” he said.
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- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
This is how some of the Philippine government officials will behave when there's calamity. They take advantages of "helping" by putting their names on the relief goods. It's a very strategic way in putting their name on the donations or any forms of assistance to advertise their name for the next election. This kind of practice had been used for decades to remind people to remember them and to vote for them.
People had suffered a lot after Haiyan/Yolanda hit the country. But there are some people who put themselves first before serving the needy.
I wish the world would say something about these pictures.
Photo was taken from this link.
See another photo with his face on a tarpaulin.