An opposition lawmaker from Leyte has pushed for a probe on the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey stating that President Benigno Aquino 3rd scored a 73 percent approval rating in the areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez of Leyte noted that the Independent Minority bloc that he leads in the House of Representatives will push for a probe on the survey via a House Resolution.
“We want an investigation into this not just to simply find out its accuracy but more importantly, to determine if the survey and the SWS are part of a cover-up to hide the government’s incompetence and possible irregularities in rehabilitation efforts for ‘Yolanda’ survivors,” Romualdez said in a statement.
The government was fiercely criticized at the onset of the wrath of Super Typhoon Yolanda—the strongest typhoon recorded in the world for 2013—since aid flow was slowed down by the havoc brought by the Super Typhoon on roads, bridges and oil depots.
At least 6,000 people died from Super Typhoon Yolanda.
In arguing against the survey, Romualdez cited that some 15,000 survivors from Leyte and Samar held a protest rally in Tacloban City last Saturday to dispute the said SWS survey and that Tacloban City Councilor Eden Chua-Peneda has said that the government’s “rehabilitation program is nowhere to be seen” in Tacloban and in the other affected areas.
Further, he invoked that British charity Oxfam described the current conditions of the survivors as “a disaster on top of an already catastrophic disaster.”
“Reactions by both the survivors and some of our colleagues who had visited the disaster stricken areas totally contradict the survey’s result,” Romualdez, the brother of Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, said.
“We want to question the SWS on what is their basis for the survey result. If they don’t have any convincing proof, they better have a solid, justifiable reason for trying to fool the people,” Romualdez added in closing.
LLANESCA T. PANTI