Mindanao groups back Soliman vs ‘instigators’


DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—A number of civil society groups in Mindanao have expressed support for Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman and the Department of Social Welfare and Development following last week’s raid on the DSWD regional office in Davao City by typhoon victims demanding relief goods.

The DSWD said statements of support from the organizations were read during a press conference attended by the local and national media on Friday in Davao City.

The raid that resulted in the destruction of government property and the looting of relief goods was allegedly instigated by Barug Katawhan, a coalition of militant groups.

The Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (Mincode) said in a statement: “We condemn the manner by which some groups express their sentiments against the government.”

As the largest coalition of Mindanao-based civil society organizations, Mincode said it upheld the principle of constructive engagement with the government.

Respect for legal processes

Mincode also called for respect for legal processes and the nondisruption of public services even as it acknowledged the need to strengthen local governance to effectively address the needs of the community.

“We recognize this administration’s call for transparent, accountable and people-centered governance. There is no need to go to the extent of blocking the regional office and hampering the delivery of public service,” the statement said.

The Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (Phildrra-Mindanao), a national network of 62 nongovernment organizations, said that “as an advocate of transparent and accountable governance, we strongly support the DSWD’s position for a systematic and orderly way of distributing the 10,000 sacks of rice that were planned to be distributed to Typhoon “Pablo” internally displaced families.”

Unfair attack

On the other hand, the Volunteers for Poor Community Worldwide Philippines condemned the actions of Barug Katawhan, saying that attacking the DSWD office in Davao City and taking the relief goods intended for victims of other typhoons was unfair.

It said that some DSWD employees did not get to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s last year because they were busy repacking relief goods for the typhoon victims.

“We must understand that the DSWD is monitored by the Commission on Audit, that is why we understand that proper lists of victims must be submitted and validated for transparency and the fair distribution of relief goods,” said the group.

“We hope also that the poor, especially the victims, would not be used for propaganda purposes because they are already victims. We pray that everyone have a fair public judgement,” it added.

The organizations called on all parties concerned to face the problems with “an open mind and heart,” as they welcomed the recent dialogue between both sides.

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  • dexter ngayan

    Sana ganon nga ang nangyayari, pero bakit kailangan pa patagalin ang pagbibigay kung matagal na nakalipas ang bagyo? Sabi nga nila aanhin mo pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo. Sana di nagagamit ang relief goods sa pangangampanya lamang at panginteres lamang ng namumuno sa lugar.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

       kasi nga po gagamitin sana yan ng Team Malaysia (alias Team PNOY ) sa pangangampanya nila sa Davao sila sana ang magdidistribute ng mga relief goods kaso naunahan sila ni Casino.Sorry ang Team Malaysia (PNOY). LP – Losing Philippines

      • tulfotumbong

        ur losing ur mind. team talo ka

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua


      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut


      • Lean Porquia

        definitely. gumising ka, nasa Pilipinas ka. if you don’t see the corruption in dswd, bumalik ka ng grade 1.

    • dexter ngayan

      I lived in cainta – a flood prone place. Nung ondoy, naalala ko sa lugar namin ang tagal ng relief goods galing pa sa mga NGO. samantalang sa mga katabing subdivisions overpouring ang relief goods ng gobyerno.

  • JuanTamadachi

    I do not particularly care about mob rule. 

    Hale the instigators to court, charge and/or arrest them. 

    • Gerry Albert Corpuz

       either military or katropa ng sindikatong dinky ang commenter na ito

      • JuanTamadachi



    For a promise of food and money, many of these lumads will go in a jiffy wherever their leaders lead them to. These are the same people who comprise most of the hakut crowds during the campaign rallies of politicians. During the christmas season, you can see many of them on the streets, begging for money and you really think our politicians and the left really care for them? They just see them as reliable vote sources and warm bodies during rallies. I should know because I practically live my whole life in Central Mindanao.

    • Roberto Duran

      these politokos will keep them poor their entire life…para meron silang magamit…

  • http://www.facebook.com/beng.atibo.3 Beng Atibo

    Pag ang tao ay nagigipit, kumakapit sa patalim. Mayroon mali sa pamamalakad nang DSWD. Bakit kailangang ibitin ang mga relief goods??? Kung ang mga TV networks (GMA kapuso foundation, TV 5 aksyon center at ABS-CBN) ang bilis nang pamamahagi nang relief goods, ang DSWD napakatumal mag-distribute ng relief goods, sobrang daming bureaucracy. Hindi niyo napansin??? 

    • Roberto Duran

      di yun naka bitin, at di kailangan na one time ibigay yun, gamitin mo naman utak mo! wag kang utak militante…isipin mo kaya kung mga militante ang nagbigay nung relief, cgurado dami nun bagsak sa pelengeke paninda…sa totoo lang walang pakiaalam yung mga yun, gus2 lng nila ng gulo…wala nga yung mabuting nagawa sa taong bayan kundi humingi ng humingi sa mga taong nagpakahirap magtrabaho…

      • Gerry Albert Corpuz

         either military or katropa ng sindikatong dinky ang roberto duran na ito… shooo, baho ng bunganga mo, wala pang katuturan ang sinasabi mo

      • Roberto Duran

        how about you? ur NPA ryt? dong, wala nang naniniwala sa inyong mga out of this world na ideology…sa mukha mo pa lang, ang baho na…tsupeee….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut


  • bogli_anakdami

    tong mga taong dswd eh yumaman sa kotong…

    dapat iyutin ng patiwarik si kinki soliman..

    • Roberto Duran

      gongong, unaha pag iyut ang mga senador…oldest first, start with Enrile…pero baka mag react si Peenooy, baka gus2 nya mauna magpatira…

  • Gerry Albert Corpuz

    How can Secretary Soliman get away with such a checkered transaction where taxpayers are cost P500,000 to P 650,000 per unit of bunkhouse to provide temporary shelter for victims, where the actual cost could only range between P3,000 and P5,000 for a shelter made of coconut lumber and plywood? Can you stomach this kind of plunder of taxpayers’ money and allow the DWSD chief to exploit the sorry plight of Pablo victims for her own agenda?” Salvador France, vice chair of Pamalakaya asked.Pamalakaya reiterated its call for Soliman to quit her post two days after survivors of Pablo confiscated relief goods housed in regional office of DWSD in Davao City due to extreme hunger and poverty.“Secretary Soliman is not after the welfare and sorry plight of the people,” the group noted.

    • Roberto Duran

      Member ka ng problemadong este progresibong grupo kuno sir? Taga barug katawhan ka din? So okay lang para sayo na gamitin ang lokohin ng mga gagong aktibista ang mga biktima ng bagyo? Okay lang para sayo ang manggulo at magnakaw? Okay lang para sayo na ipamigay ang relief goods without proper documentation? Sira ulo ka pala eh…yung mga taong gaya mo ang dahilan bakit hanggang ngayon letse pa rin takbo ng pinas dahil marami gustong pumapel pero walang maayos na solusyon na maiambag!

      • Gerry Albert Corpuz

        please get in touch with reality. you are such a penniless jerk. two months ago pa yung sinasabi ni dinky na relief goods. ikaw kaya ang mag-sopas mula sa pinakuluang bato dahil sa kagutuman at hindi kumain ng isang linggo, maiisip mo pa ba yung documentation?  Mukhang malaki ang pakinabang mo sa sindikato nina dinky ha, bata, kaya panay ang atungal mo dyan. Hindi kaya kasabwat ka sa nawawalang P 18- b pondo ng dswd para sa mga biktima ng pablo? Yun bang mga nawawalang pondo (P 18-B sa dwsd) na care of nina dinky at mga kasabwat nyang NGOs may proper documentation ba yun? Huwag mo akong tawagin sira ulo, ikaw ang sira ulo, go to and perish in the fires of hell!

      • Roberto Duran

        im talking about the relief, and not that freakin 18B, im from davao, i’ve been to comval and davao oriental for several times to do our group’s effort in helping the victims. i personally don’t like dinky nor this penot administration. however, i also know when to support a group when needed. the fact is, the militant group who raided dswd office don’t have valid claims. these militants were just using the typhoon victims to advance their interest. they bombed the soldiers doing the relief operations… they wanted to get the rice and distribute it to their own group…now, will you support them? 

        there might be other forum for your accusations, but that 18b is not in this issue….people from davao know what happened here that’s y even our mayor and locales criticized your militant group for their idiotic act…now shut the fck off!

  • Gerry Albert Corpuz

    Code-NGO bloc? ito ba yung mga NGOs identified with Dinky who until now have yet to explain how they spent the commission they received from the controversial Peacebond during the time when Dinky and former President GMA were still the best of friends? 

  • wawa2172

    I guess the civil society supporting Dinky was simply ask to issue statement of support for their beleaguered colleague. Dinky was active with civil society then. What this group should do is to remind the DSWD of its responsibility to perform its job efficiently in order to avoid repeat of the carnage. Nagugutom na yong mga tao and DSWD is so slow in responding to the needs of the victims. As other contributors have commented  in this forum, why is it that GMA Kapuso, TV5 and ABS-CBN  relief distribution is so efficient. Can’t the DSWD follow suit. Common Dinky, the government machinery is so big and you can always make a request for help from AFP and PNP to help you distribute those relief goods to the affected areas. Yung listahan na hinihingi mo should have been made after the typhoon had struck the areas and you could have ask the barangays or local government units of people residing on the area. Kahit comelec pwedi mong puntahan dahil may database sila nang voters in every barangay. Well, its for election purposes ang delay nang distribution nang relief good and parang hinihintay pa ang LP na mangampanya sa Davao bago ipamigay ang mga ito.

    • Gerry Albert Corpuz

      precisely, talagang nakalaan ito sa pagpunta ng LP sa Davao, part of the election strategy that is why dinky is on political calculation how to do it, lantaran na ang pamimigay ng philhealth cards, eto pa kayang relief 

  • mon key

    ang mga nasalanta nang bagyo ay ginugutom nang husto nang mga nasa kapangyarihan. pag sila ay kumukilos para kunin ang nararapat, sila ay tinatawag na rebelde. pero pag sila ay tahimik lang at mag hihintay sa mga nasa gobyerno at mga pulitiko na lumapit sa kanila, sila ay tinatawag na ‘mga mabubuting mamamayan’ -pero gutom at walang matitirahan. ginagamit nang mga may kapangyarihan ang kahirapan nang mga taga mindanao sa kanilang walang humpay na pagnananakaw. pag ang mahirap ay kumikilos, bakit ba masama? sana mag isip isip din tayo!

  • Garibaldi_II

    “We condemn the manner by which some groups express their sentiments against the government.”     Mr. President, please evaluate Ms. Soliman’s performance. It’s time to fire her and her staff in Mindanao; they are your liabilities. Incompetent Dinky Soliman uses civic organizations to wash her hands clean. Sacrifice a few for the benefit of many — victims of typhoons and officials’ incompetence. I personally condemn the mobs who storm the warehouse. Do they deserve punishment? YES. Reform and edification must come first before punishment. The DWSD should thank these rascals for saving hundreds sacks of rice from being eaten by rats. Food gifted for the victims must be given to them immediately and not stored in warehouses to rot or eaten by rats.

  • mekeni62


    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

      just look at the picture of dinky before she was appointed as dswd sec and her picture now as dswd sec and you will see the great difference of her face (before and after)

      • mekeni62

        Dinky and Leila look like twins. They look like pretty pigs.

  • http://twitter.com/era_zofia mera

    eh yung mahiwagang nangyayari sa cateel,baganga davao oriental na sanay pang sweldo don sa gumagawa ng masisilongan ng mga nsalanta ng bagyo..tama sanang pa swelldo kinupit pa ang kalahati o di kaya naka payroll mga kamag anak ng mga taga dswd at munisipyo pakisilip at aksyunan mo naman dinky..saka yung mga pang tawid sa oriental di naman lahat mahihirap..may iba roon kapatid ng kapitan o di kaya nasa abroad ang mga magulang o di kaya nag mamay ari ng mga lupain.nagtataka ako kasi tuwing widrowal ng ng mga pera nila sa atm bakit sobrang porma ng mga benificiaries saka de alahas pa ang mga katawan..yun ba ang mga mahihirap?tsk,tsk,tsk….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QWD6S7YWTH2W6AFFH4VVNIB2L4 Krissey

    Dirty Soliman, ang relief goods ay para sa mga victima, huwag nyo ipamahagi kasama ng pulitica,,, 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

    akala ko naman yon mga nasalanta ng bagyong pablo sa mindanao ang mga sumusuporta kay soliman, hindi pala. ito pala ay mga ngo ni dinky

  • http://twitter.com/era_zofia mera

    tapos ngayon tutulungan daw ng taga dswd yung mga pilipinong uuwi galing sabah…hahahaha..naloko na ni hindi nga mgawang tulungan ang mga nasalanta ng bagyo.hanep na buhay ito…

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism was right all along. DSWD under the leadership of Dinky Soliman, hundreds of millions of funds have been distributed to NGOs but remain unliquidated. In short, prone to corruption. Kaya naman ang mga NGO na nagmamahal kay Dinky Soliman ay mas napamahal pa kay Dinky Soliman. Dahil pera pera lang pala.

    See for yourself. Read the details:


  • etomacq

    Sino kaya ang nagpondo sa MINCODE???

    Malamang pakawala yan ni Dinky Soliman para puriin sarili nya..

  • virgo57

    Looking at the perspective of typhoon Pablo, its aftermath and concurrent drama has multiple impact. The road blockade incident in Compostela Valley and recently the ransacking of DSWD office in Davao City were instigated by the leftist and cause oriented groups. These pseudo groups are exploiting their ignorance not on empty stomach issue and other political groups agitated further by stoking fire and

  • virgoyap

    What they are doing is not only a destruction of government properties but most of all it’s a mockery; it’s tantamount to desecration if we apply it to religious things and properties.

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