Senator Manny Pacquiao is a modern-day renaissance man, balancing both a fighting career and a place in the senate on his plate that includes all sorts of heavy responsibilities.
His passion has led him to be a senator, a boxer, the people’s champion, a CEO, a father and a husband, among others.
Being a ray of hope to many disenfranchised people, Senator Pacquiao has continued his fight in the anti-corruption campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte, by supporting the probe on the Yolanda fund irregularities under the Aquino administration.
“The Senate should conduct a probe to ferret out the truth. This should not be construed as plain and simple muckraking or political persecution. Those who were involved must be punished if proven guilty of mishandling the funds." Pacquiao said.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo revealed on Monday that there were around 200,000 supposed beneficiaries of post-Yolanda emergency shelter assistance who did not receive any financial help.
Senator Pacquiao expressed his disappointment towards the heartless people who would turn their backs on the many who suffered while they enacted their selfish plans.
The 8-time multi-division world champion personally visited the disaster-struck areas last December 2013 and gave them relief goods worth Php 10 million, which was borrowed from friends because his bank account was then frozen by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
“Corruption in the distribution of aids to calamity victims must be stopped. Biktima na nga, kinakawawa at inaabuso pa,” Pacquiao bemoaned.
Pacquiao hailed the DSWD, NDRRMC including other government agencies involved in mapping out plans to cushion the impact of super Typhoon Lawin, which battered several places in Northern Luzon last week.
“The preparation and the response made by DSWD and other government agencies were commendable. You see, the number of casualties was minimal despite the fact that Typhoon Lawin was stronger and expected to be more devastating compared to Yolanda,” Pacquiao said.