Supporters laud Pacquiao’s quick aid response for Typhoon Odette-hit areas

Supporters laud Pacquiao’s quick aid response for Typhoon Odette-hit areas

Sen. Manny Pacquiao helps in preparing goods for relief operation (Photo courtesy by Manila Bulletin)

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — Supporters of presidential aspirant and Senator Manny Pacquiao lauded the boxer-turned-politician for his quick response and continuous efforts to address the needs of residents from typhoon Odette-affected areas.

Quezon City Barangay Payatas Chairman Manny Guarin, a known supporter of Sen. Pacquiao, said that with or without calamities, the People’s Champ is indeed a true “a public servant that Filipinos can count on 24/7.”

“Most of the politicians are only there when elections are near. We can only count on them 12 to six months before election day, but Senator Pacquiao is different, he’s there and always ready to extend help to the Filipino people whether it’s election season or not,” Guarin said.

It will be recalled that during the onslaught of typhoon Odette, while other presidential aspirants were busy socializing, Senator Pacquiao already called their attention to extend help to typhoon-affected areas in Visayas and Mindanao, even Southern Luzon.

Pacquiao made the call after pre-disaster relief goods prepared by local government units (LGUs) were even smashed out by “Odette”.

The senator even organized a series of humanitarian flights to typhoon-affected islands and provinces providing various relief goods consisting of blankets, solar-powered floodlights, and assorted food items such as cup noodles, mineral water, rice, and sardines. He also donated 15 portable power generators to Siargao.

He created the United Relief Operations (URO) a non-partisan umbrella organization of various aid groups to provide humanitarian relief for Odette’s victims. Relief and rehabilitation efforts of his Team Pacquiao continue even during holidays.

“Marami sa ating mga kababayan ang magpa-Pasko at magba-Bagong Taon na walang tahanan at wala pagkain sa hapag. Ngunit huwag po tayong mawalan ng pag-asa. Huwag po tayong bumitaw sa pananalig sa Panginoon (A lot of our countrymen will spend Christmas and New Year homeless and without food. But we must not lose hope. We must not lose faith in the Lord),” Pacquiao said in his Christmas message.

Guarin said that Pacquiao is the type of leader the Philippines need, less politics but more of public service. Thinks more of the welfare of the Filipino people than his own political survival. (ai/mtvn)

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