MANILA - Malacanang urged the public not to give color to what happened to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas during his rounds in Samar on Sunday.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Roxas had no other means to go around in devastated areas, except through a motorcycle.
A photo that has gone viral showed Roxas falling off his motorcycle.
Some netizens called the attention of Roxas for not wearing a helmet.
Valte noted some areas were not passable to big vehicles, especially after typhoon Ruby barreled through the area and toppled trees and other infrastructure.
“The trip from Borongan to Dolores is 65 kilometers. Matagal ho nilang narating dahil nga marami nga hong kini-clear. And sometimes the mode of transportation is the only way to be able to move forward,” she said.
She said Roxas’ companions also had to use motorcycles.
She said the public should be thankful nothing untoward happened to Roxas.
“Sana huwag na po nating bigyan ng kulay. Kawawa na nga ho ‘yung tao nandun na at sumemplang na nga ho at pasalamat po tayo -- pasalamat po kami, at least, hindi ho nasaktan si Secretary Mar,” she said.
She said the public should just focus on clearing operations.