A video of Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez being interviewed by Rhod Tecson of IMT News has been making the rounds online recently. Iloilo Metropolitan News is a news website organization based in Iloilo.
In the more than 3-minute video interview, Rhod Tecson of IMT News asked Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez why she is very passionate about supporting the NTF-ELCAC.
Tecson: You are very passionate about supporting NTF-ELCAC, would you have personal experience with communism? terrorism?
Leyte Rep. Torres-Gomez answered in the affirmative.
“People centered in the urban cities Rhod cannot relate to the issue of terrorism but me? That was the life that I was born into. If my father was very strict with us. It wasn’t because he wants us closed. It was because he was planter [haciendero]. He was handling several farmlands. And really terrorism is a personal issue to me because um, it is not jusa t story I’ve heard from someone else. We’ve had people who were killed. Our farmlands were burned. Yung mga farmers namin, mga drivers, these are not just names in the payroll. These are actual people I knew and grew up with. They were killed by terrorists. So I am also taking off Rhod from the perspective, that we all want the same thing. We all want development. But there really can be no development without peace and order. And the reason why I am really against the defunding is because this is a decades long fight against the insurgency. And the issue of community pantries against the fight against insurgency, both programs are good. We don’t have to choose one or the other. I feel that there should be a balance but I am appealing for, I know that feelings have been hurt and I am not saying, there should be accountability? Yes. But it should not be at the expense of program that has been working for the people.”
At this juncture, Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez offered to support her statement with actual facts.
“Because when you say ‘defund’ the ELCAC, let us look at the numbers. How many barangays are benefiting from the ELCAC? There are about 822 barangays. Each barangay stands to get P20M.”
Rhod: Buong Pilipinas ‘to?
Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez: “Yes under this program. This is part of the Barangay Development Program. If you breakdown the numbers Rhod. It is easy to say, “Okay, let us defund.” By defunding, what does that mean? It means, that its barangay may potentially lose P20M that could be used for their programs. What programs are those? P12M for farm-to-market roads; P3M for school buildings nd classrooms; P2M for water and sanitation; P1.5M for livelihood projects. If you think of that, malaki ang mawawala sa mga barangay. It isn’t just right and it is unfair.”
Source: Taga Ormoc Daily