Group blasts Duterte for rerouting Yolanda rehab budget

AN ENVIRONMENTAL group criticized the government's slow rehabilitation in areas hit hard by Super Typhoon Yolanda five years ago.Fifty members of Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) held

AN ENVIRONMENTAL group criticized the government's slow rehabilitation in areas hit hard by Super Typhoon Yolanda five years ago.

Fifty members of Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) held a protest rally on Thursday morning, November 8, in Cebu City, condemning President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to stop the release of P7.5 billion funds for the construction of houses.

Larry Pascua, PMCJ Visayas coordinator, questioned why Duterte channelled P5 billion to the rehabilitation program for war-torn Marawi City.

He also asked the government to charge the constructions firms who won contracts from National Housing Authority but failed to build a single house and the public officials who were remiss in their duties.

"We are looking for justice for the victims," Pascua said.

The group urged the government to formulate a comprehensive strategy in responding to climate change.

Yolanda wrought havoc in the islands of Leyte, Northern Cebu and northwestern parts of Visayas. (KAL)