MANILA -- The local government of Tacloban has asked President Benigno Aquino III to already declare martial law in the area following reports of looting in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda.
Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin told the President during a provincial disaster council meeting in Tacloban that residents of nearby municipalities are already entering the city to loot from commercial establishments.
He also told Aquino that employees of the local government could not report back to work because they themselves are victims of the typhoon and the consequent storm surges.
Aquino said he will look into the matter for as long as there is a city council resolution as anchored on Republic Act 10121.
Earlier, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima has left for Tacloban onboard a C-130.
“Nakalapag na po sila ng Tacloban para makatulong po doon sa pag-restore ng peace and order in some parts of Tacloban,” she said, adding that the Special Action Force will lead in the law implementation there.
A short clip was taken of the looting at Gaisano mall in Tacloban City after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda as hundreds took advantage of the breakdown in law and order out of despair.
In an interview with ANC on Sunday, Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado said he has also received reports that people have resorted to looting automated teller machines (ATMs).