Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominic Petilla said he is supporting Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas despite the latter’s backlash on the delay in the delivery of aid to Yolanda victims.
In an interview in Hindang, Leyte on Thursday the younger brother of former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said that he personally saw what Roxas did to respond to the problems of the province, which suffered damage to property and loss of lives in 2013 when the super typhoon hit.
“Put it simply, this is Mar Roxas and this is the people that criticized him. Iphon natu unsay natabang ni Mar Roxas ug unsay natabang sa nag-criticize niya. Para naku mas daku pa gihapon ang natabang ni Mar Roxas ug sa presidente. [If we count all the assistance Mar Roxas and the president extended, and to the assistance given by those who criticized him, I would say Roxas has given more than them],” said Petilla, who already declared he will seek a second term in next year’s polls.
Petilla said the recovery of Leyte province was fast, particularly in the towns of Palo, Tanauan, and Tolosa and he attributed this to the assistance extended by President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Roxas.
The governor said they were immediately allowed to withdraw rice from the National Food Authority, which they immediately rationed to the people. He said that to control the looting, more police forces were sent as well as Korean Army members while many non-governmental organizations extended assistance to the province.
The governor said, however, he is not aware what help was extended by the critics of Roxas.
“Mar Roxas is just a victim of misinformation and it’s just a matter of clarifying what really happened,” Petilla stressed.