New administration urged to investigate unused Yolanda funds

MANILA (Agencies): Caritas Philippines has called on the country’s next administration to urgently investigate funds donated towards the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) amounting to billions of pesos, left unused by the government of outgoing president, Noynoy Aquino.

Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, said, “This is an important agenda that the incoming administration needs to address,” pointing out that the public, especially the victims of the 2013 super-typhoon, deserve an accounting of how the hefty donations given by foreign benefactors were spent.

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