Filipinos in Brussels air sentiments during PNoy's visit

By Raquel Bernal-Crisostomo, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Sep 17 2014 11:44 AM | Updated as of Sep 17 2014 08:20 PM

BELGIUM – Members of Migrante Europe held a protest outside the Egmont Institute where President Benigno Aquino III met with European Union delegates during his two-day visit in Brussels.

The group raised concerns over the alleged P2.8 million worth of typhoon relief goods which were spoiled due to improper handling.

"We think it is a criminal case, a question of neglect the P2 million relief goods and commodities are declared spoiled where in fact, nandyan yung mga tao na nangangailangan ng tulong," Rev. Cesar Taguba lamented.

They also questioned the P2 billion worth of foreign aid intended for the rehabilitation of areas which were badly hit by typhoon Yolanda.

Stop the Killing Movement also appealed to Belgian and European officials to ask Aquino to address impunity which is still rampant in the Philippines.

"For us, where is the good governance if you kill social leaders? You have to respect the social movements being a democracy with good governance, that's the start", said Veronique Coteur of Intal.

They maintained that the present administration should eliminate graft and corruption and human rights violation in the country in order to achieve a better government which Aquino promised when he was elected in 2010.

Meanwhile, despite their usual busy schedule, some 600 Pinoys from Luxembourg and different provinces of Belgium went to Saint Michel Cathedral to personally meet and shake the hand of the Philippine president.

However, videos, cameras or high tech gadgets were prohibited during the event.

"Hindi ako pabor na ibawal ang camera dahil pag ibinawal ang camera, nasan ang democracy ng news," said Orlando Cabonce of Knights of Rizal.

Mas Gallo of Legion of Mary and Pangasinense Founder Nilo Gapasin shared the same sentiments citing the event as a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Aquino.