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Friday, October 25, 2013
PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino spent the night last Wednesday in Loon town in earthquake-ravaged Bohol in a folding bed in an army tent by the sea.
You heard it right. PNoy slept in a tent like the tens of thousands of Boholanos left homeless by the 7.2 magnitude temblor and forced to stay in evacuation areas.
PNoy now knows how his homeless Boholano bosses live.
A GMA report said PNoy wanted to assure residents it is already safe despite talk of another powerful earthquake and even rumors that Bohol is going to sink into the
Seismologists warn the more than 2,700 aftershocks since October 15 can still dislodge loose debris in homes and buildings.
But PNoy stressed the need for life to return to normal as soon as possible despite the aftershocks.
No one from the Malacañang press corps was allowed to PNoy’s humble abode Wednesday night.
The last time PNoy slept in a tent was in grade school. He said, "Medyo parang na-experience natin ulit noong panahon ng boy scout na camping."
If he can accelerate the release of funds for Bohol’s recovery and rehabilitation, Boholanos wouldn’t be camping for a long time.
The latest report said the quake had affected 631,605 families or 3,158,009 people in 1,494 villages in 59 towns and six cities in six provinces, with 198 dead and 668 injured. Of these, 14,740 families or 78,897 people are staying in 125 evacuation centers, mostly in Bohol.
Cebu sustained less damage but the quake destroyed two major institutions--the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) and the Palace of Justice.
Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama launched a “piso-piso” fund drive called “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” to raise P1 billion to put up a new, bigger and modern CCMC.
There’s no word yet on whether the Supreme Court will build a new Palace of Justice.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 26, 2013.