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Friday, January 24, 2014

Ping Lacson Warns Politicians that Blocks on His Path of Rehabilitation

Pres. Adviser on Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Panfilo M. Lacson appearing at yesterday's forum in Makati City says he sees 'no political color' in working with or working against politicians who may be with him or be in his way in delivering the programs to revive the old vigor of Super Typhoon Yolanda-battered Tacloban City. He however was silent on what sanctions will be imposed on politicians who will be proven to have obstructed the rehabilitation efforts. But Lacson revealed that he has a shortlist of politicians "getting in the way" of their rehabilitation work. The rehab czar pointed out that the rehabilitation and recovery efforts should not be politically-tainted. Lacson said the government is already close to implementing the actual reconstruction and rehabilitation of areas severely affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda. Lacson said the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has already gathered enough information on the alleged substandard and overpriced construction of bunkhouses for typhoon victims. "We are in our 3rd month and in a few weeks, the implementation of reconstruction will commence. The rehabilitation and reconstruction is not slow-paced. Within 6 months to 1 year, there will already be vertical improvement in the affected areas." Lacson said. "We are in a constant touch with the CIDG. They said they have enough information but how to translate these pieces of information into solid evidence is another matter. Criminal charges will be field against those responsible no matter how close they are to the administration, no matter what affiliations they have, political or otherwise. Mostly politicians, possibly administration allies but some of them are also opposition." Nothing that less than 10 persons are in his shortlist of "obstructers" not only in the investigation on the alleged overprice and substandard bunkhouses in the Visayas but on the other aspects of the rehabilitation work. 
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