TACLOBAN CITY – Vice Mayor Jerry “Sambo” Yaokasin said that local officials should not intervene in the distribution of cash assistance to the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda and let the Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) or an non-government organization(NGO) do the job. Yaokasin, who appeared on August 2 during the weekly media forum “Express it at the Park” held at the Leyte Park Resorts this city, said that if officials will get involved in the distribution scheme, there is a possibility that politics would come in. Thus, he said, victims who were identified not to be political supporters of a particular official might not be given the much needed assistance. “From my own experience, the best way to do it is without any intervention from any politicians,” Yaokasin said. Yaokasin then suggested that this is better left to the DSWD or to the NGOs since they have no political agenda. “I just hope that the DSWD will be honest to do it. Victims shouldn’t be victimized twice over,” he added. (WILMA JOY B. ESPINOSA, LNU-Intern)