Food donations from UK allegedly sold in Manila instead of going to Yolanda victims
This calls for an investigation.
Alexis Romero of The Philippine Star reports that food donations from the United Kingdom that were intended for distribution to the victims of typhoon Yolanda "have been diverted and sold for profit by corrupt local officials," according to the British newspaper the Daily Mail.
The report noted that according to sources interviewed by the British broadsheet, "shelter equipment bought using British donations have [also] been locked up in government warehouses and stockpiled alongside food items." A certain expatriate named Keb Darge was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that he has received death threats "for stopping local officials who were pilfering aid in Eastern Samar.
British charity groups are now calling for the launch of an official probe to determine how Philippine officials have utilized the £60 million in aid UK has donated for typhoon victims.
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