President defends ‘absence’ during onslaught of monsoon rains-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
DESPITE not being seen during the onslaught of southwest monsoon rains and tropical storm "Maring," President Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday that he was on the phone coordinating with the concerned agencies to ensure their preparedness.
Aquino said that the moment he received the "Red warning" of the weather forecasting agency on Sunday night about the expected heavy rainfall, he immediately called up some of his Cabinet officials, such as Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman and Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson.
He also called up Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman and asked of the action being taken by the City Government.
"At the end of the day, siguro the proof is in the pudding. Kung pumalpak 'yung gobyerno, palagay ko, ako ang nasisi kaliwa’t kanan; kung maganda naman ang ginagawa ng gobyerno ngayon, baka pwede na rin akong madamay doon," the President said in an interview in Mandaluyong City where he visited an evacuation center and distributed relief goods to the displaced families.
Critics were wondering where Aquino was during the height of flooding in Metro Manila. During the tow days of flooding, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. was the one who presided over a meeting with the members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. It was also Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Soliman who were seen in those areas affected by flooding.
Vice President Jejomar Binay was also seen in the flooded streets of Makati City. (SDR/Sunnex)