Where was PNoy during 'Glenda'?

By Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2014 04:35 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2014 12:36 AM

MANILA - Where was President Aquino during the onslaught of Typhoon "Glenda?"

It turns out he was in Malacanang constantly monitoring the government's response to the typhoon.

Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said Aquino was at Bahay Pangarap, the President's residence in the Presidential Security Group compound, monitoring the actions of government agencies.

Coloma said the President was keeping in touch with Cabinet secretaries doing legwork in the field.

The statement was a reaction to media asking where the President was during the time that the typhoon was hitting the country.

"Baka naman eksaherado na yung pamantayan na kailangang ang Pangulo ay nandun sa isang lugar tulad ng National Disaster Risk Reducation and Management Council," he said.

The Palace spokesman said government's priority right now is to restore electricity in areas ravaged by Typhoon "Glenda."

Coloma said government is now working to speed up the normalization of electricity in areas that still have no power.

He said the government is constantly learning from typhoons and is now trying to figure out the probability of putting power lines underground to avoid getting tangled or cut whenever storms visit the country.

An average of 20 storms visit the country annually.