Palace to Dinky critics: Prove your allegations

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 11 2014 04:10 PM | Updated as of Mar 12 2014 12:10 AM

MANILA - Malacanang called on critics of Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman to prove allegations that she is coercing survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda to sign a document to show they are satisfied with government's response to the disaster.

Each person who signed the document is allegedly being paid P1,200.

Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) said critics of the social welfare chief must present proof of their claims.

He said the government will take action if the allegations are proven to be true and not made up.

"Tungkulin ng mga nagpaparatang, dahil ito ay seryosong paratang, na iharap kung nasaan yung konkretong pruweba nila para masiyasat po at mapanagot kung sino mang lingkod-bayan ang tunay na nagsagawa ng labag sa batas. Hindi po ba makatwiran yon?" he asked.

Coloma also wants to verify a newspaper report that some typhoon survivors are complaining that government failed to distribute relief goods immediately, causing them to get spoiled.

A Manila Standard Today report said truckloads of food aid that had gone bad was buried in an open dump in Barangay San Jose, Tacloban City on February 5 and March 6.

"Baka ang kailangan na lang diyan ay alamin kung mayroong bang naging pagkukulang, kung meron bang lapses na naging sanhi na hindi naipamahagi, di ba? O hindi naipasakamay ng mga dapat makatanggap nung mga relief goods na yon. Absent that, kung talagang nag-expire na yung kanilang palatability o iyong useful life, iresponsable naman na ipapamigay pa yon," Coloma said.