Koko warns politicians to stay clear of aid distribution

Politicians Warned Against In-Person Distribution of Government Aid

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel III has cautioned politicians against taking part in the in-person distribution of financial assistance from the government. Pimentel emphasized that the presence of politicians during the distribution of aid could give the false impression that the money is coming from them.

Speaking in an interview on a radio station, Pimentel stressed that politicians should not be present during the actual distribution of money. He explained that while positive messages from government leaders could inspire beneficiaries, politicians should avoid giving the impression that the aid comes from them.

Reports have emerged suggesting that government aid programs, such as the Pantawid para sa Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and other assistance programs, were being linked to individuals affixing their signatures in a people’s initiative to amend the 1987 Constitution.

In light of these developments, Pimentel called for a review of government programs that involve the distribution of financial assistance. He expressed concern over the possibility of an “ayuda scam” or misuse of public funds, urging the government to ensure that assistance reaches those who truly need it.

Pimentel also highlighted the importance of rationalizing assistance programs to avoid wastage and ensure that aid goes to the most deserving individuals. He expressed hope that Senate committees investigating these issues will uncover the truth and address any allegations of misuse or inefficiency in aid distribution.

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