- Posted November 28, 2013 by
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Typhoon Haiyan: Your stories
Is Philippine politics the culprit?
* This came from a report that has been circulating in the internet and is said to be verifiable on the ground in Tacloban. We have verified that this is an authentic report from Atty. Alex Avisado and we feel it is important that the National Government comply with Mayor Romualdez’ requests for assistance and disregard all useless bureaucratic procedures during this emergency period to meet the needs of the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (aka “Haiyan”). We are copying it here to aid in spreading it around and have endeavored to make the terminology much more accessible to non-Filipinos by providing the meanings of the acronyms and using more neutral English as opposed to English used within a purely Filipino context. This report also reflects the situation on Tuesday/Wednesday (12 and 13 of November)
1. After Typhoon Yolanda struck, the Mayor of Tacloban requested the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) to make a “RESPONSE OVERKILL” on the rescue and relief operations. Unfortunately, the response from the National Government was very cold and half-hearted.
2. On Day 2 of Typhoon Yolanda aftermath, the Mayor requested the NDRRMC to deploy 2 Marine Battalions to help immediately establish peace and order and rescue/relief operations. Unfortunately, this plea for help was unheeded by the National Government.
3. After almost a week, the National Government sent only Bureau of Fire Protection and MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) personnel. The Mayor requested for Philippine National Police reinforcement since only around 25 policemen were left for duty out of 280 plus police force. Unfortunately, this plea for help was again unheeded.
4. The Mayor again requested the National Government for trucks and transportation since they got even the remaining patrol cars but this plea was again unheeded.
5. The Mayor requested the National Government to put more vehicles and personnel for cadaver retrieval but up to now only 4 trucks from the National Government are doing this. Only 8 trucks from the National Government are doing relief work. Tacloban is now reeking from the smell of death and relief operations are still moving at a snail’s pace.
6. All relief goods arriving at the airport and seaport are now being controlled by the National Government.
7. To add insult to injury, the Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary (Mar Roxas) wants the Mayor of Tacloban (Alfred Romualdez) to write a formal letter to Philippine President Noynoy Aquino supposedly to inform him that he could no longer function as Mayor, thereby surrendering authority to the DILG Secretary (Mar Roxas).
8. He wants the letter soon so that President Noynoy Aquino can make the announcement and perhaps justify the government’s slow and stupid response to this disaster and lay the blame on the Mayor of Tacloban, Alfred Romualdez.
9. The International Community is fully aware of the deplorable conditions in Tacloban but the National Government is still in denial. (Source: correctphilippines.org)
NOTE: Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez is the nephew of former First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, wife of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Mr. Marcos was accused of masterminding the murder of former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on August 21, 1983 at the tarmac of Manila International Airport, now Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Ninoy is the father of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.
Vice President Jejomar Binay was likewise accused of politicking when his team marked with "VP BINAY" the relief goods it sent to typhoon-devastated areas in Central Philippines.
OBSERVATION: TYPHOON Haiyan that hit the Philippines didn't just expose the shortcomings of the country's emergency disaster response system. It also showed how politics can get in the way of saving lives. --- Timothy Go, reporter for Channel NewsAsia