Sana hindi na maulit: Martin Romualdez blasts Customs over expired Yolanda relief goods
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Lakas Christians Muslims-Democrats (Lakas-CMD) President and former Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez slammed the Bureau of Customs following the disposal of shipments containing foreign relief items supposedly intended for victims of super typhoon Yolanda that were left unattended in Cebu City.
Romualdez said the customs bureau should have allowed the entry of the donated goods, saying that not allowing the distribution of the relief items to Yolanda surivivors was “a mortal sin.”
“It’s gone to waste… that should not have happened. Common sense lamang iyan, dapat inilabas iyan,” said Romualdez.
The Bureau of Customs in Region 7 announced last October 3 that they have decided to dispose the relief items since they have already expired. The shipment had been left unattended for four years since being delivered to the Port of Cebu way back in January 2014.
The donated items, which reportedly failed to get tax exemption, were reportedly incinerated last week.
“We call upon all the authorities under the Department of Finance and Customs not to repeat this. Maling-mali iyun, common sense we hope that this will not happen again,” said Romualdez.
The former Leyte solon said heads must roll over the Yolanda aid which had been left idle in Cebu especially if the incident already reached Malacañang.
“Sana hindi malaman iyan n gating Presidente kasi from the top… all the way down to the victims we abhor and condemn the misuse, lack of use of the most resources,” he said.