MANILA, Philippines - Some social media users and several politics pundits criticized President Benigno Aquino III and his allies for supposedly using relief efforts to campaign early for the mid-term elections.
In a report from the CBCP News, Carmelite priest Ransom Rapirap said politicians must not use the victims of the disaster for photo opportunities and for mileage in the 2013 elections.
Aquino, who usually shuns photo opportunities, went around Metro Manila to attend to the needs of victims. In tow were his sister, showbiz personality Kris Aquino, and former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros Baraquel. The latter is expected to run in the 2013 elections.
Aquino told the victims that the government is doing everything to address the massive disaster brought about by heavy rains and floods.
Some interpreted this another way, however. Criticisms were also hurled over at Twitter.
@wabby163 Ah u missed Pnoy's campaign.. Este... Visit to Muntinlupa flood victims with sis kris, Mar etc (all 3 in yellow). #alamna
TURN ADVERSITY INTO A CAMPAIGN OPPORTUNITY!!! - PNOY http://fb.me/1QtEWOUGv
Kahapon pa, Pnoy is w/ hontiveros, angara, villanueva. Election campaign na while distributing relief goods.Ano role nila dun.Pogi points?
PNoy w/ Quimbo, Angara, Hontiveros-Baraquel and Villanueva. Relief ops or Campaign sortie? Tsk, tsk.
Yung mga sumama kay Pnoy in distributing relief goods, please lang. It's too early to campaign. Kapal much!
Amidst the floods and tragedy, senatorial candidates still have the guts to campaign to the refugees, and endorsed by pnoy. Nice job!
pnoy's senatoriables couldnt let chance to campaign early pass.hontiveros,angara&villanueva were w/ him in muntinlupa
Early campaign for senator bet ... PNoy checks in on relief ops w/ cabinet secs at Tunasan, Muntinlupa.http://pic.twitter.com/bsW0AsVl