GMA News - Bongbong to Mar: Why bring up surnames during Yolanda efforts?

11 December 2013

By GMA News

GMA_onlineSenator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday questioned Interior Secretary Mar Roxas' statements in Tacloban City during the relief efforts for Typhoon Yolanda supposedly bringing up clan politics.

In an interview, Marcos said he is "a little confused" why politicians' surnames had to be factored in for relief efforts after Yolanda ravaged several provinces in central Philippines.

"It is a mystery to all of us why that is part of the discussion when people are dying and people are in need of help and assistance," the senator said.

Marcos is the cousin of Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, who narrated in a congressional oversight hearing on Monday how Roxas supposedly brought up clan politics instead of immediately sending help in the aftermath of Yolanda.

Romualdez is the nephew of Imelda Marcos, widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. President Benigno Aquino III's father, Ninoy Aquino, was assassinated on his return from exile in 1983 during the Marcos presidency.

On Tuesday, Roxas denied bringing up politics with Romualdez, saying his statements were taken out of context.

Senator Marcos, however, said he does not think Roxas' statements were just cast in a bad light.

"Hindi niya siguro pwedeng sabihin na taken out of context because the entire 40 plus minute conversation was on Youtube so the context is complete," the lawmaker said.

He likewise said that existing laws are already "very, very clear" on the role of the national government once a disaster paralyzes more than two local government units.