OCTOBER 18, 2019 – A high-ranking official of the Duterte anti-corruption body on Friday blamed former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III over the failed housing projects for families affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda and the Zamboanga siege six years ago.
During a press briefing in Quezon City, Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna said Aquino let anomalies happen in the housing projects, which later have been the subject of congressional probe.
Last June, the Commission on Audit flagged the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the delay in the implementation of projects, where only 58 percent of 203,471 targeted housing units for Yolanda victims were completed in five years. As for the Zamboanga siege victims, 22 of the 25 projects were not completed within the target dates.
“Itong Yolanda mess saka ‘yung sa Zamboanga, dapat isisi natin sa dating presidenteng Noynoy Aquino kasi pinabayaan niya ‘yung kanyang mga tao na pumalpak dito at nagkaroon ng anomalies dito,” Luna said, adding the commission will file charges against officials behind the anomalies.
The 23-day siege led by a faction of Moro National Liberation Front founder Nur Misuari displaced over 120,000 civilians and razed over 10,000 houses in Zamboanga.
Around 16 million, meanwhile, were affected by Yolanda, one of the most powerful typhoons to hit the country in recent memory.
Luna personally observed housing units in Yolanda-stricken areas in Tacloban, Eastern Samar and Leyte, and noted the substandard materials used for the project.
“Kung hindi tapos ang bahay, ang materials na ginamit ay substandard so natutumba ‘yung mga bahay. ‘Yung iba naman ay hindi natatapos at ‘yung backlog ay malaki,” he said.
“Ganun din ang nangyari sa Zamboanga, pinabayaan din. Hanggang ngayon, karamihan ng mga bahay kahit tapos hindi pa rin occupied. Kasi substandard, matutumba, eh mamatay yung occupants pang in-occupy nila,” he added.
PACC has already recommended the filing of criminal and administrative charges against 12 National Housing Authority (NHA) officials over the alleged anomalies in the P4-billion housing program for Yolanda victims earlier this month.
“Where is the P4 billion funds allotted for the housing. Sino ba ang leader ng NHA noon? Hindi ba appointee ni Aquino?,” Luna said. (Karen Macalalad/ AAD)
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