Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants Liberal Party (LP)standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd to explain how the billions of pesos given by foreign donors for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda were spent.
Roxas was the Interior secretary when the typhoon (international name: Haiyan) devastated the Visayan region in November 2013.
Duterte, who campaigned in Pangasinan province on Wednesday, said the administration has been silent on how the billions of pesos the country received from foreign donors were used.
“They are silent about it. Now, I will ask Roxas, ‘Where did the Yolanda funds go?’” the tough-talking mayor said.
“Where are the billions of money? Where are the funds for Yolanda [victims]? If he could answer that, may he become the next President but until now, there is no accounting [of the funds]yet,” Duterte added.
But Malacañang also on Thursday said the money has been properly accounted for.
“All foreign aids received by the country for the benefit of the communities affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda are fully accounted for and have undergone the requisite audit by the Commission on Audit,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.
He urged critics to check official records to see the rebuilding and rehabilitation that the government has done.
“According to the records of the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub, the Philippines received a total of $386.2 million in foreign aid, 86 percent of which or $330.8 million were received by non-government organizations, multilateral agencies and others,” Coloma noted.
“Out of the total amount, about $26.9 million in cash and $28.5 million in non-cash donations were received by the National Government,” he said.
Typhoon Yolanda made six landfalls across six or seven regions on November 8, 2013.
Meanwhile, Duterte vowed a corrupt-free government if he will win in May.
He said corruption, illegal drugs and criminality are the biggest problems facing the country.
The Davao City mayor vowed to stop all these in the first three to six months of his administration.
“I will guarantee you it will be a clean government. No corruption,” Duterte said.