MANILA, Nov 10 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday morning walked out of his own briefing in Tacloban City after being egged on to declare martial law in light of the looting in the city.
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.
Later, Aquino again showed dismay when NDRRMC executive director Eduardo del Rosario reported that TaclobanCity 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 President lost his temper and stormed out of the meeting to cool off at the nearby TaclobanCity police station, where he met with policemen. Ten minutes later, he returned to the briefing. (MNS)