MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo said Thursday it was time to "re-assess" disaster mechanisms after close to 300 people were killed in back-to-back storms before Christmas.
Tropical Storms Urduja (Kai-Tak) and Vinta (Tembin) inundated vast swaths of the Visayas and Mindanao, forcing tens of thousands to flee to higher ground. A new storm could form before New Year's Day, according to the state weather bureau.
“Palagay ko panahon ito para i-assess natin kung ano ang mali na gingagawa natin,” Robredo said.
(I believe it's time to re-assess if there is something worng with what we're doing.)
“Matagal na nating pinagtatrabahuhan na zero casualty, ang tanong ngayon, bakit madaming namatay?” Robredo told reporters.
(We have been working towards zero casualty. The question remains, why do many people perish?)