After denying his involvement in the supposed construction of overpriced bunkhouses in typhoon-stricken areas, Eastern SamarRep. Ben Evardone appealed yesterday to government critics to stop derailing the government’s rehabilitation efforts.
He lamented that anti-government camps are trying to inject political color into the Aquino government’s rebuilding initiatives in areas hit by super typhoon Yolanda.
“We should give the Aquino administration a chance to take off its rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts. This is not to say, however, that we are discouraging civil society groups to continue monitoring all the projects. In fact, we should encourage them to ensure transparency. But they should not inject politics into the programs of the government to revive the areas hit by Yolanda,” Evardone said in an interview.
He is counting on the Public Works and Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson to run after those who abuse and take advantage of the government’s rebuilding efforts.
In a radio interview, Evardone said his “conscience is clear” and is not any way involved in the controversy.
He refuted claims that he was the “administration congressman” who was involved in the issue, believing that there were “forces out to destroy the efforts of the government” and the local politics was behind the issue.
“I think they are greedy people. I can say these are forces who want to make this administration fail,” he said.
The Visayan lawmaker expressed hope that the government critics would stop distracting the government in rebuilding typhoon-affected areas and “realize that we need all the help.” (Charissa M. Luci)