F&O international affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe examines the chaos that typhoon Haiyan made of the Philippines’ presidential campaign. An excerpt:
When aid arrived this week in the Philippines’ Capiz region devastated by typhoon Haiyan, some of it came in tasteful blue bags decorated in prominent white letters with the name of Vice-President Jejomar Binay and adorned with his official logo of office.
Social media in the Philippines went viral with criticism of Binay, calling him “epal” – someone constantly trying to draw attention to himself.
A stream of bitter messages accused him of using the horror of the typhoon …. read more*
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