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Victimized anew

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A HOUSE of Representatives panel has uncovered alleged anomalies in the rehabilitation and
reconstruction of Typhoon Yolanda-ravaged areas in Eastern Visayas, notably in the Leyte and Samar
provinces.

Thus, it is only right that all those behind the alleged subhuman and substandard housing
projects for the hundreds of thousands of typhoon victims should be unmasked and prosecuted.
    
No less than President Duterte is committed to prosecute the suspects, said Leyte Rep. Yedda
Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez, who vowed to remain steadfast in building permanent homes for the
survivors.
    
Of course, President Duterte is not alone in going after the Yolanda scammers considering the
mushrooming number of well-meaning people supporting the administration’s anti-graft and corruption
drive.
    
In fact, the lady solon, a registered nurse and a former beauty queen, shared the view of the
hard-hitting Duterte that the delay in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of devastated areas “is
unacceptable.”
    
Romualdez said the alleged anomalies were uncovered during an inquiry conducted by the House
committee on housing and urban development, headed by Congressman Albee Benitez of Negros Occidental.
    
The panel, which conducted the inquiry based on a resolution filed by Eastern Samar Rep. Ben
Evardone, found out that some houses built in Balangiga, Eastern Samar and Tacloban City were
allegedly substandard.
    
Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez, on the other hand,
said local leaders are doing their best to put an end to the sufferings of the Yolanda survivors.
    
The husband of Congresswoman Romualdez, the United States-educated Philconsa top honcho said
the fight of the survivors will continue as many of them have remained homeless.
    
The fight and struggle, he said, will continue “as our malasakit (compassion) to the victims.”
    
We are glad to know that there are still Filipinos who have not forgotten the victims of
Typhoon Yolanda, which killed 6,300 people, injured 28,689 others and affected 1.5 million families.