Antipolo denies giving special treatment to Cavite, says it also helped Odette victims
Antipolo has come to the aid of many Filipinos who faced disasters, including those affected by typhoon Odette.
This was according to Mayor Andrea Ynares who answered questions as to why the city government sent a mobile kitchen, mobile shower, and mobile water purifier to help Cavite residents affected by a massive fire, but not to those affected by typhoon Odette.
Ynares said there were a lot of provinces that were hit by Odette, and Antipolo’s mobile kitchen/shower/water purifier would not be enough for them.
This was not because it was favoring Cavite.
“Ang buong komunidad ng Antipolo ay laging nakikiisa sa LAHAT ng biktima ng kalamidad,” she said on Facebook.
The Antipolo City government actually sent P1 million worth of assistance to Palawan, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Southern Leyte, Negros Occidental, Bohol, and Iloilo, she said.
“Maliit man ang halaga, nawa’y ang mga donasyong ito ay, kahit papaano, nakatulong sa kahirapan ng kanilang naging sitwasyon at hangad namin ang mabilis na pagbangon ng mga nasabing lalawigan. Makakaasa po kayo na lagi’t-lagi kayong kasama sa aming mga panalangin,” she said.
The city government should have announced that it also sent assistance to the typhoon-ravaged provinces, she said.
But even if it didn’t, this does not mean it was favoring once province over another, she added.
“Kasalanan po siguro namin na hindi nai-aanunsyo ang pagtulong sa ibang probinsya tuwing may kalamidad. Ngunit makatitiyak po kayo na wala po tayong pinipili o pinapaboran … lalong hindi po natin pinapaboran ang mga nasunugan sa Cavite last week,” she said.
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