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Rep. Romualdez ends blame game, says Roxas ‘risked life’ in Yolanda

Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas (MB file photo)

Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas (MB file photo)

Seeking to end the blame game on the Yolanda devastation, House Independent Bloc and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez said former Interior Secretary and Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas “did his honest best and risk his life” when he was in Tacloban on November 8, 2013.

He said Roxas was there in Tacloban City, with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, when Yolanda struck.

“We coordinated. In fact, Roxas was billeted at the Leyte Park Hotel, one of the structures that was heavily damaged at the height of the onslaught of super typhoon and stayed in Yolanda-hit areas to help return normalcy. We appreciated that very much and we thanked the national leadership including the President [Benigno ‘P-Noy’ Aquino III] for all the help given to the people,” Romualdez said.

“Let’s not inject politics anymore and stop the blame game by moving forward and continue on the rebuilding programs in Yolanda-hit areas.
After all, politics simply has no place in the face of tragedy of such magnitude,” he said.

Roxas earlier said he spent two weeks in Yolanda-hit areas to extend the government’s assistance to the victims. His critics said he visited Tacloban City just to have a photo opportunity.

“He did his honest best and risked his life to warn the people, but he and Sec. Gazmin were victims too. Everyone, including them was
overcome by Yolanda, the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history,” Romualdez said, recalling that Tacloban City was unrecognizable after a huge storm surge washed away houses.

“Tacloban’s local officials led by Mayor Alfred [Romualdez] and the national government led by Roxas have done all to prepare and prevent deaths, but Yolanda was more powerful and strong,” he noted.

  • Lee CRamz

    Bakit ngayon mo lang sinabi ito Mr. Romualdez? Kaduda duda, don’t inject politics daw pero timing na election ang pagsasabi niya. alam ng mga tao na after the Typhoon wala siyang nagawa and his actions and words betrayed his purpose there..with the infamous “Aquino ang Presidente at ikaw ay Romuladez “. Baka may under the table kayang usapan itong dalawa..Talaga kayong mga burgis..you always have permanent interest..and devil may care attitude against the masses!

  • Zian Atienza

    Kitang kita naman kung pano hinandle ng gov’t ang yolanda crisis… hind kailangang mag malinis ni Mar… #godu30 Isang linggo after yolanda mga tao sa tacloban nmamatay sa gutom.. nka video yan.. kya nga nag k looting eh.. tuwad na daan… have you seen tons of relief goods n nabulok lang… ang gagaling nyo… mga unggoy!