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‘Manila being raped’

Pat C. Santos



Following the discovery of relief goods buried in a 10-foot hole inside a facility for abandoned children and the elderly, the Manila Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMART) on Friday revealed another discovery — this time, boxes of hygiene kits that were kept in the home of a Manila local official.

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Based on a report by SMART incoming head and Manila Police District officer P/Major Risalino Ibay to mayor-elect Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, the boxes of hygiene kits were allegedly discovered in the house of Benita Tanyag’s sister Ma.Cristina Graciela Abayon.

Tanyag is the officer-in-charge of the Manila Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) under the administration of former president and outgoing Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Ibay said that his team raided the house located at Village Green in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan Taguig last 19 June. The hygiene kits were intended for fire victims, he said.

In a statement, Domagoso said that the stashing away of the hygiene kits dubbed by his camp as a “stinker,” was clearly an attempt to sabotage the city government of Manila, referring to his incoming administration.

Raps readied
“Manila is being raped, and it all boiled down to the previous election,” said Domagoso. He vowed to charge Tanyag with violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

MSWD property and supply head Joemarie Malbog and a certain Benjie Merced, who is said to be a high-ranking personnel of Manila Manpower, will also be held accountable, according to a source within Domagoso’s circle.

Three other city hall employees will also face graft charges — Manila Boys’ Town Complex (MBTC) Property and Supply job order personnel Anthony Andres; MBTC Property and Supply Volunteer worker Pepito Pagsuguiron and volunteer worker Roberto Valdez.

To recall, Moreno discovered piles of food stuff – heaps of rice, sugar, coffee, noodles, oatmeal and chocolates – that were buried in the hole, but these were not spoiled or past their expiry dates.

Fit to eat
“The food stuff was not spoiled,” said Domagoso, who defeated outgoing Mayor Joseph Estrada by a landslide and became one of the young politicians to topple a political dynasty.

“These are still fit to eat and could still benefit children and the elderly living in Boys’ Town and who have nothing to eat,” Domagoso said.

“These are government property. If they would be thrown away, the head of the center should be informed,” he said.