Duterte: God was somewhere else

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2013 12:56 PM | Updated as of Nov 13 2013 06:12 AM

DAVAO CITY - The mayor of Davao City joined calls for immediate aid to Tacloban City, saying that there is no government functioning in the city that was devastated by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Speaking to reporters, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the people of Tacloban "have no electricity, no food, no water, all their dead are on the streets, the survivors are looking up at the heavens."

Duterte said the Tacloban is a plateau, which meant that the residents could not escape the storm surge when it hit the city last Friday.

He also urged President Aquino to declare a state of emergency because the declaration of a state of national calamity is not enough.

"There is no local government functioning. Those that they depend on - the police, the army, and even the social workers of the government - all of them are victims, all of them are dead. Even the police and the army there are dead," he said.

"God must have been somewhere else. Or that he forgot that there is a planet called Earth," he added.

The mayor said he has already sent a rescue team to Tacloban but said they will have to pull out after a few days because of the difficulty of the situation. He said the city government will continue to send help in the coming days especially people who know how to dispose of the bodies littering the streets.

"I don't know whether to cry. I cannot shout in anger because you cannot be mad at anybody there. A lot of people in Davao are giving out names for me to check but there is no barangay there. No [office] is moving; The people seem like zombies walking, asking for food," he said.

"I need people who know how to handle the dead. There are so many. No one is ready to speak out... They are decaying. Remember: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. So my decision was right, when I observed what was happening from the TV, I told the Davaoenos, 'We have to help, no matter what.'"