‘Yolanda’ proves Roxas ‘failed leader, manager’

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The performance of former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd during Super Typhoon Yolanda and the days immediately after has exposed his failure as a manager and a leader, according to the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

“Yolanda has shown to the people the extent, or rather the limits, of Secretary Roxas’ executive capability. He was everywhere and nowhere at the same time. And his now classic reply to the local officials of Tacloban [City] pleading for national government’s help best illustrates his insensitivity to the suffering of our people: Bahala kayo sa buhay nyo [You’re on your own],” the Vice President’s spokesman and lawyer Rico Quicho said on Friday.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday pointed to Roxas’ performance during Yolanda as proof of the latter’s leadership ability.

Quicho said Roxas, as the ruling party’s standard-bearer in the 2016 elections, should not evade questions on the failure of the administration to improve the lives of the poor and deliver basic services in typhoon-hit areas.


About 130,000 families, according to him, are still homeless and still live in tent cities and bunkhouses in Tacloban City, Leyte, and other areas devastated by the typhoon two years ago based on the report of Social Watch Philippines (SWP).

Former national treasurer Leonor Magtolis Briones of SWP said the President has not yet approved the release of P54 billion for housing resettlement.

Twenty months after Yolanda, the government has not yet completed building resilient permanent homes for 205,000 families that were rendered homeless, SWP and Christian Aid reported.

Quicho said Social Watch traced the source of the problem to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), which had released ”only a third or P21 billion of the P75 billion allocated for housing resettlement.”

“A total of P170 billion was earmarked for reconstruction and rehabilitation, but again, the government has not released the whole amount,” he added.

Quicho said government housing agencies were supposed to complete 120,000 housing units in 2015 for the typhoon victims but the funds were not immediately released to the National Housing Authority (NHA).

“These projects have been bid out and ready for award but could not be awarded yet pending release of funds to the [NHA],” he added.

Quicho noted that the Aquino administration did not push through with approved programs for 2014 by not releasing fund allocations totaling P303 billion.

The unreleased appropriations affected projects of major departments: Department of Education (P2.2 billion); Department of Public Works and Highways (P26.3 billion); Department of Agriculture (P2.6 billion); Department of Agrarian Reform (P5.8 billion); and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (P1.9 billion).

Quicho said the underspending adversely affected economic growth.

He noted even Budget Secretary Florencio Abad admitted in a congressional hearing on the 2016 national budget that a backlog in the disbursement of funds and the underspending or non-release of funds affected economic growth.

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  1. You were still with the administration and you did nothing, you see the problem, but you did not suggest anything, now that you are running you see many loopholes and why only now? Wake up Filipinos, try to answer all the allegations and probe that they were wrong, that you and you’re family are bunch of corrupt people.

  2. Nancy Bulok Cake on

    And what did Binay do from 2010 to the present? Binay pocketed the hundreds or billions of pesos allotted to the office of the vice president budget. Other than pocketing the OVP money, he used some of the MONEY electioneering from 2010 to the present and allocating the people’s money to bribe the CA justices. Let us all get rid of the Binays for they will sell the Spratly Islands to the Chinese with their 30% commission. Remember, majority of Binay’s dummies are Chinese.Let us all pray to save the Philippines from the Binays.

    • Roldan Guerrero on

      The OVP never reached a Billion budget. You are talking of Billions, please take note that even the funds for NHA which VP Binay heads was siphoned to the office of DILG which Roxas heads. You must be an ill-informed individual who depends on hearsays. If you are really a person who is concerned of what is really happening, you must find out why this regime spent more in just 5 yrs., compared to Marcos` 20 yr regime yet we do not see any visible accomplishment for this administration. I guess you are using internet….maybe you can use it better to get the most accurate informations.

    • What is your source of information that substantiates your allegation of:

      “Binay pocketed the hundreds or billions of pesos allotted to the office of the vice president budget. Other than pocketing the OVP money, he used some of the MONEY electioneering from 2010 to the present and allocating the people’s money to bribe the CA justices.”

      What factual information to you have to support this claim. I hope it is simply not what you heard or read via the LP social media spin team.

      What source do you have that will support this statement?:

      “they will sell the Spratly Islands to the Chinese with their 30% commission.”

      Do you have some form of “inside information?”

      Please… be an informed reader of “The Manila Times” and ensure you are not an LP supporting parrot of things that are unproven or untrue.

  3. uicho noted that the Aquino administration did not push through with approved programs for 2014 by not releasing fund allocations totaling P303 billion.
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    What happened to the 303 billion ?

    A lot of good it does allocating money for projects and not release the money, given the track record of Aquino and Abad that money is gone. Where ?

    Too bad there isn’t a Audit agency that could seize the records and find out where all that money disappeared to.