Dismayed Aquino walks out of Tacloban disaster briefing

3

President Benigno Aquino 3rd, apparently exasperated with local officials in Tacloban City for the lack typhoon preparedness and response, walked out of a disaster council briefing in Tacloban Sunday.
The President visited Tacloban, believed to be one of the hardest hit by Super
Typhoon Yolanda last Friday.
Aquino was also dismayed with the reports by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) head Eduardo del Rosario.
Del Rosario reported that Tacloban is 95 percent devastated. The President questioned the figures and asked del Rosario to double-check.
The dzMM reported that Aquino appeared annoyed when a local businessman asked him to declare martial law in the city to stop widespread looting.
The President said he will look into the proposal considering that it is not in the Constitution.
After 10 minutes, the President returned to the briefing, dzMM said.
In an earlier media briefing, the President took a swipe at local officials in Tacloban for being unprepared for the typhoon.
“I hate to say it but it seems it was not very prepared compared to other areas,” he said.
Aquino noted that in most hard-hit areas the casualty count was low.
He said the local officials will “have to explain” the high number of deaths. “Any casualty is an issue with me,” he said.
The President visited typhoon-ravaged Tacloban and Roxas cities with Cabinet members including Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin , Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson,  Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, and Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras.
Aquino earlier assured the government has enough funds to address the needs of the victims, including relief goods and restoration of communication lines in badly hit areas.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE

Advertisements
Share.
loading...
Loading...

Please follow our commenting guidelines.

3 Comments

  1. Boy Sisi strikes again!

    Bakit di niya sabihin kung anong paghahanda ang dapat ginawa para harapin ang 300kph na bagyo? Eh kung yung habagat na hindi bagyo ay wala siyang magawa sa manila na nasa bakuran lang niya, yung super bagyo pa kaya?

    Tumulong na lang siya at hwag ng magmayabang dahil siya ay wala ring binatbat.

  2. forget muna ang sisihan harapin muna ang problema saka na ang pollitics kawawa ang mga nasalanta ng bagyo pls