A Palace spokesman denied a martial law was declared in Tacloban City in the wake of chaos and looting due to the devastation brought by super typhoon “Yolanda” in the coastal city and nearby areas.
“Martial law has not been declared. We’ve just been beefing up police and military presence there in response to concerns from citizens there about security and also since the LGU [local government unit]is also a victim of the typhoon, they have been needing the help of national government,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a media briefing.
“[Interior] Secretary Mar Roxas wants to make sure the security situation is substantial in those areas as ordered by the president,” she added.
More police and military personnel have been deployed in Tacloban City—one of the cities that suffered major damage from Yolanda—to contain the massive looting by desperate survivors days after the typhoon.
A curfew has also been imposed as the Tacloban city council could not raise a quorum to discuss the issue since most officials of the local government have been victims too, Roxas said in his interview over CNN.
Due to increased police and military visibility in the area, Valte said cases of looting have decreased. PNA