Insight: Small-town squabbles blamed for stalling Philippine storm aid




 
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Insight: Small-town squabbles blamed for stalling Philippine storm aid
 
December 29th, 2013  
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Topic: Insight: Small-town squabbles blamed for stalling Philippine storm aid


Insight: Small-town squabbles blamed for stalling Philippine storm aid
By Nathan Layne and Manuel Mogato PALO, Philippines (Reuters) - Nena Obrero and her family survived without government aid for three weeks after Super Typhoon Haiyan churned across the central Philippines and reduced much of her hometown to rubble. Obrero lives in Guindapunan, a barangay, or district, of the city of Palo, on the east of Leyte island, where more than 1,000 people were killed on November 8. But they missed out on the initial shipments of rice from the municipal office, the main channel for redistributing aid in the disaster-prone Southeast Asian archipelago, due to political squabbling, Obrero said. Even in a tiny barangay, residents say the biggest loyalties are at play - in this case to the clan of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos's widow, whose supporters belong to a collection of opposition parties, and to rival assassinated politician Benigno Aquino, whose son is now president.




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