Former Department of Interior and Local Government secretary, and losing presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II lashed out the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for lack of action and slow response after typhoon Lawin battered the Northern Luzon.
Lawin left seven people dead according to NDRRMC, but Roxas – during the radio interview on Friday said deaths should have been avoided if the DSWD and NDRRMC acted to inform people before the typhoon smash their homes.
Most of the deaths were caused by landslide according to the council.
“Siguro ang titingnan natin ditto ay ang response time. Gaano ba sila kabilis mag response? May enough prior information ba bago humagupit ang bagyo? Sa tingin ko marami pa ri ang kulan. Sa tingin ko mag maganda pa ang preparations naming dati before and after Yolanda”, Roxas said.
Lawin was considered a super typhoon and contrary to Roxas’ statement, NDRRMC was lauded for their up to date and full response as.
Roxas’ candidacy was highly affected by his performance on handling typhoon Yolanda victims as DILG secretary. Yolanda and Lawin have both winds exceeding 120kph, but Yolanda left more than 6,000 deaths and more than 1,000 missing.
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