Palace defends DSWD chief

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MALACAÑANG will wait for the result of an investigation into reports on the dumping of food donated for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda before judging Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said on Saturday.

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Valte said the Palace will not condemn Soliman until it receives the result of the probe.

“We would like to wait for the investigation because there are instances that the relief goods don’t pass the DSWD,” Valte said in a radio interview.

She added that there are donations from the nongovernment organizations that do not go through the DSWD.

“That being said, we will wait for the results of the investigation on Secretary Soliman. At this point, we are finding if the aid was really concealed or dumped,” Valte added.

Reports said the food were buried because they were no longer fit for human consumption.

Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela City slammed the alleged dumping of food.

“With the unprecedented volume of donations, the DSWD should have planned a better logistical support. Or the more pragmatic approach is to just give away the donations to whoever needs it. With all the aid coming in, we have a moral obligation to feed and help the victims of Yolanda,” Gatchalian said.

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