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Bayan: Actors, Facebook users gave more to hungry Cotabato farmers than Aquino gov’t

/ 10:36 AM April 05, 2016

BAGUIO CITY — Actors and social media donors donated more food to the hungry in North Cotabato than this administration, said Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes at the opening of the 10th Congress of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage) on Tuesday.

Reyes cited the sacks of rice donated by actor Robin Padilla and celebrity siblings Ann and Jasmine Curtis to farmers, who lost three colleagues in a violent dispersal of protesters in Kidapawan City on April 1.

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He also said online donors offered to send money to the farmers.

Reyes said the farmers were hungry, but all the local government could offer were three kilos of rice — not three sacks as earlier reported — for each farmer to be acquired from their respective mayors.

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He said the elections have been used as cover by the local governments, who claimed that handing out rice in a campaign period would violate government audit laws.

He spoke to various state employees representing all regions.  SFM

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