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Typhoon Haiyan: Your stories
The vice president of the Philippines taking advantage of the calamity. He is putting his name on the foreign relief goods for his campaign for the next presidential election. So disappointing
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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- zdan, CNN iReport producer
The vice president of the Philippines taking advantage of the calamity. He is putting his name on the foreign relief goods for his campaign for the next presidential election. So disappointing.