95% of Tacloban devastated?
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday walked out of a disaster council meeting in Tacloban out of frustration.
According to radio dzMM’s Edwin Sevidal, Aquino was visibly dismayed with reports given to him by officials of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on the state of Leyte, in particular Tacloban, where thousands are now feared dead after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda.
Sevidal said Aquino had a brush with a businessman there who first asked that the government already declare martial law or a state of emergency. Aquino supposedly explained that the government is already looking at options to help in the recovery of Leyte.
A friend of the businessman also supposedly asked Aquino what the government is doing since there are already reports of killing there. The person supposedly said he was held at gunpoint by some looters.
“But you did not die, right?” Aquino answered back.
The Presidential Security Group were seen ready to remove the individuals from the room, Sevidal reported.
Later, Aquino again showed dismay when NDRRMC executive director Eduardo del Rosario reported that Tacloban City is 95% devastated.
Aquino asked about a jail in Tacloban that remained standing amid damaged roofs. Del Rosario allegedly said it was considered a “minor devastation.”
The answer supposedly did not bode well with the President. He then stood up and proceeded to another room.
Sevidal reported that Aquino has since come back.