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Politiko : Romualdez on Marcos Jr-Duterte relief mission: Surnames, political colors take a backseat for people’s sake

News & Interviews
29 December 2021

By Billy Begas | Politiko

The Uniteam of presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has brought millions worth of cash aid and relief goods even in areas led by non-party members.

House Majority Leader and Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats president Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said the Humanitarian and Relief Mission of the UniTeam will continue to deliver aid to local leaders regardless of their political affiliations.

“We have learned from the lessons of Yolanda. Surnames and political colors must take a backseat for the sake of our people. Hindi po importante kung ano ang apelyido mo o kung ano ang kulay mo. Ang mahalaga, ano ang maitutulong mo sa pagbangon. Hopefully, this message of unity and hope by the UniTeam resonates not only in calamity areas, but also in other areas of the country where political divide hinders economic growth and prosperity for our people,” Romualdez said.

Romualdez said that as per instruction of Marcos and Sara “there will be no letup in our efforts to deliver aid to the needy in all provinces affected by Typhoon Odette. We will not only be providing relief but also aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of these areas.”

Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, a member of Nacionalista Party, received P1 million cash aid and 1,000 sacks of rice that will be distributed to his constituents.

The UniTeam earlier turned over P2 million financial assistance and P1 million worth of food packs and 3,000 bags of rice to Surigao del Norte Gov. Francisco Matugas and Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Jose Matugas II.

Marcos and Duterte also gave P2 million in financial help and 2,000 sacks of rice to reelectionist Gov. Roel Degamo and another P1 million cash aid and 1,000 sacks of rice to the camp of Negros Oriental Rep. Arnie Teves through Bayawan City Mayor Henry Pryde Teves.

Barbers and Matugas families are political rivals same with the Degamo’s and Teves’.

In Maasin City Airport, Marcos and Romualdez had a chance to meet Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi, president of one faction of the PDP-Laban and discussed the restoration of power supply in Southern Leyte.

Also with Cusi was Melvin Matibag, PDP-Laban secretary general.