During the Presidential campaign, President Rodrigo Duterte asked his rival former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas why the administration of Noynoy, where he was the standard-bearer of the Liberal Party (LP) is silent on how they spent the Yolanda funds.
Roxas was the interior secretary when supertyphoon “Yolanda” destroyed Visayas.
In a speech of Duterte at Lyceum Northwestern University, he said…
“They are silent about it. Gusto ko tanungin si Mar. Billion ang dumating sa bansa nung Yolanda, saan ang pera?”
Duterte said the government failed to help the victims of typhoon Yolanda despite billions of funds and donations that the country received.
“Ngayon ang tanong ko, tingnan mo naman sa Leyte, puro… matamaan ng ay hindi lang typhoon kundi ‘typhoonet,’ wala na sira na,” he said.
“Typhoonet” was Duterte’s term for a weak typhoon.
“Where are the billions of money? Saan ang pera ng Yolanda? Masagot niya yan sana maging presidente (siya). Pero hanggang ngayon walang accounting,” he said.
“Saan ka maghanap ng daang matuwid? Nagsakay ng motor, isang metro lang ang tinakbo, dahil kulubot ung daan, natumba. Hindi mo kayang magmotor, para sa akin hindi ka lalaki. Kung hindi mo kaya si Yolanda, ay hindi ka lalaki,” he added.
“Maawa ang Diyos. I will guarantee you it will be a clean government. No corruption,” he further said.