Senator and presidential aspirant Manny Pacquiao himself lend a helping hand carrying and loading relief packages for distribution to disaster-stricken families by super typhoon Odette. (Photo courtesy by Philnews.ph)
MANILA — Quickly responding to the devastation wrought by typhoon Odette (international name Rai) incumbent senator and MP3 Alliance presidential aspirant Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao has dispatched the first batch of relief goods that were directed to Cebu province and nearby Bohol island for the victims of the country’s latest weather disaster.
Pacquiao disclosed that the relief goods to be distributed in areas badly hit by Odette will be turned over to Cebu governor Gwen Garcia, despite a declaration by the lady governor that she will not support Pacquiao’s presidential bid.
But the People’s Champ argued that “this is the time to set aside politics” because people were suffering from the devastation and it would only be fair to fulfill the mandate of serving the citizenry in its true sense.
“Kailangang magtulungan ang lahat para maiparating natin ang tulong sa mga nangangailangan,” Pacquiao pointed out.
“Huwag na muna natin pag-usapan ang pulitika. Huwag muna tayo maging busy sa pangangampanya. Maging busy tayo para mag ambag-ambag. Magtulungan tayo, ” he added.
Aside from the relief supplies to be sent to Cebu and Bohol, around 5,000 bags of reliefs items have also been packed by Pacquiao’s team in General Santos City and are ready to be transported and distributed to other disaster-stricken areas.
With the presidential aspirant personally supervising the repacking of the packages at his family warehouse at Barangay Labangal in General Santos City, Pacquiao said the relief items are part of the first salvo of his team’s ‘United Relief Operation’ which seeks to mobilize a multi-partisan relief operation for the victims of Odette.
Since Friday night, Pacquiao has been in coordination with his staff, political leaders, supporters and even leaders of various political organizations to ensure the availability and the immediate delivery of relief in areas hardest-hit by Odette.
“I have instructed my team to conduct ground and aerial survey in affected areas so they can identify which areas needs immediate support,” the MP3 Alliance standard-bearer concluded. (ai/mtvn)