The Governor vehemently denies the charges of the protesterswho came by bus and vans from COMVAL, Butuan, Bukidnon, Cotabato and Davao City that she ever used rice intended for Pablo victims to boost the candidacy of her chosen candidates in Mati City.
The protesters numbering about 300 who are members of Barug Katawhan and Balsa Mindanao the same groups involved in the protest actions in Montevista Compostela Valley and DSWD Davao City staged a rally at the center of the city after they were given a permit to rally by City Mayor Michelle Rabat.
The Governor said that there is no reason for her to commit an indiscretion on rice distribution for the following reasons:
FIRST: The Governor is running unopposed for reelection.
SECOND: DSWD and World Food Program do not give any kilo of rice to Mati. These agencies allocate, account and monitor the distribution of relief goods to Pablo victims in the hard hit towns of Baganga, Boston and Cateel.
THIRD: All rice consistently distributed by DSWD and World Food to typhoon victims are NFA Rice.No NFA Rice has been distributed by any of anointed candidates of Malanyaon particularly by CARLO RABAT’s team contrary to the allegations of Mayor Michelle Rabat, which is the subject of the protest of the out of town rallyists.
FOURTH: Mati City and all residents in Davao Oriental know that Malanyaon gives only CLASS A rice to beneficiaries over the years.
Malanyaon even boldly said “ I will resign as Governor if you can prove your allegations.”The charges are nothing but cheap and malicious propaganda hurled by local candidates hurt by Malanyaon’s endorsement of their opponents.
Provincial Government of Davao Oriental has been commended by all agencies, organizations, local and international, including those under the umbrella of the United Nations for its leadership, transparency and for its effective collaboration in the disaster response operations.