MANILA, Philippines – The tandem of former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio assured on Wednesday that they would continue to assist victims of Typhoon Odette through their leaders, regardless of their respective political ties.
The tandem returned Wednesday morning to the south of the island of Leyte and Siargao and traveled to the city of Dumaguete in the afternoon to bring aid and relief to those hard hit by the typhoon, according to the party. Lakas-Christian Democrats Muslims (CMD), where Duterte-Carpio is located. the candidate for vice-presidency 2022.
Lakas-CMD chairman and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said the tandem had stepped up efforts to help typhoon victims.
“Under the instructions of Bongbong Marcos and Inday Sara, our efforts to provide aid to the needy in all provinces affected by Typhoon Odette will not be interrupted,” Romualdez said in a press release.
“We will not only provide relief, but we will also help in the recovery and rehabilitation of these areas. Hindi po tayo titigil sa pagtulong. Asahan ninyo, kasama ninyo and UniTeam in the group, ”he added.
(We won’t stop helping. Rest assured that UniTeam will be with you during your recovery.)
On Wednesday morning, Marcos handed South Leyte Governor Damian Mercado another million pesos in financial aid, 2,000 bags of rice and 77 units of solar flashlights with chargers at Maasin City airport.
The tandem and the Tingog party list also handed over to the town of San Ricardo, in the south of Leyte, financial aid of P 500,000 and 500 bags of rice for the victims of the typhoon through Mayor Roy Salinas.
Meanwhile, at Siargao airport, Duterte handed over 1 million pesos in financial aid and 1,000 bags of rice to Surigao del Norte representative Robert Ace Barbers for the victims of Super Typhoon Odette.
Marcos then gave General Luna, the mayor of Siargao Cecilia Rusillon P 500,000 in financial aid and 2,000 bags of rice for the victims of the typhoon.
The tandem also donated a portable solar panel system and a water purification system to local leaders in Surigao del Nort.
Marcos and Duterte also traveled to Negros Oriental to provide financial aid of 2 million pounds and 2,000 bags of rice to re-electoral governor Roel Degamo in the provincial capital of Dumaguete city.
The camp of Negros’ eastern representative, Arnie Teves, through the mayor of the town of Bayawan, Henry Pryde Teves, received financial assistance of one million pesos and 1,000 bags of rice from the tandem.
Romualdez said the Marcos-Duterte tandem would continue to provide aid to local leaders despite their political affiliations with the aim of “uniting all political leaders to work together on the common task of rebuilding lives and communities.”
“Family names and political colors must take a back seat for the sake of our people. Hindi is important for the apelyido mo o kung an an kulay mo. Ang mahalaga, ano ang maitutulong mo sa pagbangon, ”he declared.
(A leader’s last name and political color are not important. What is important is what you can do to help recover from this disaster.)
“I hope this message of unity and hope from UniTeam resonates not only in the disaster areas, but also in other parts of the country where political divisions are hampering the economic growth and prosperity of our people.” Romualdez added.
The families of Barbers, Matugas, Degamo and Teves are not political allies.
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