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Jinggoy to probe Yolanda funds if elected: ‘Sila ang magnanakaw!’

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

TACLOBAN CITY – Five years after the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda, former Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada has vowed to investigate the alleged irregularities surrounding the Yolanda rehabilitation funds if he wins in the 2019 Senate polls.

Addressing the proclamation rally of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) in Tacloban City on Wednesday, Estrada said he would pursue an inquiry to look into the status of the billions worth of government funds and other donations that were supposed to aid survivors of Yolanda.

Close to 10,000 people vanished on November 8, 2013 as Super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan) walloped most of the Eastern Visayas region.

Estrada said he was treating such prospective probe as a personal mission as he wants to unmask the real thieves in government.

“Kaya naman po kung ako ay bibigyan niyo ng pagkakataon na makabalik sa Senado, ang una kong gagawin iimbestigahan ko yung Yolanda funds na dapat napunta dito sa Tacloban,” said Estrada.

Estrada’s pronouncements were followed by loud cheers from the jam-packed Tacloban Astrodome.

“Sasabihin nila kami ang magnanakaw? Sira ulo! Sila ang magnanakaw!” Estrada added.

Estrada stressed that funds meant for Tacloban City—one of the badly hit areas of Yolanda’s catastrophe—have not been yet accounted.

“Hindi na napunta ang pondo dito, kung saan-saan na napunta. Hindi na na-account ang pondo,” he said.