Gov’t told not to turn a blind eye to questionable donations

Published April 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin


By Jeffrey Damicog

The government has been asked not to turn a blind eye into questionable donations and contributions involving the fight to curb the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) president Edre Olalia made the call after Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna sought for a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) probe against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo “for soliciting donations” and “competing with” government efforts in the current health emergency in the country.

“If they want to be credible and consistent, investigate also those who publicly donate facemasks in a military camp in violation of social distancing, those who put their names in relief packs, and even those who label the people’s money as their own,” Olalia stressed in his Facebook post.

Olalia questioned the call made by Luna to investigate Robredo who has been lauded for efforts in helping out.

“Are we not supposed to be goaded in cooperating and contributing in our own legitimate ways, abilities, and competence to help fight this pandemic, its ill-effects, and impact on the people? In a real Bayanihan, are we not supposed to welcome as many sanitized hands on deck to carry a common burden?” asked Olalia.

He lamented that it seems that those in power are opposed to “permissible, and even laudable” actions made by political enemies.

Meanwhile, PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica assured that Luna’s statement does not reflect the sentiments of the PACC.

“We are thankful to everyone who are helping the frontliners and the needy, including the VP,” Belgica said.