Tacloban mayor reveals being asked to resign
Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez revealed that Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas ordered him to write a letter stating that he could no longer perform his functions as a mayor after super typhoon “Yolanda” destroyed his city.
In a televised Senate disaster hearing, Romualdez said his lawyer advised him not to write the letter that would seem like he was resigning.
When the national government took over the local government and decided what should be prioritized, Romualdez said, there was very minimal consultation with him. The mayor, a relative of former First Lady and now congresswoman Imelda Marcos and cousin to Sen. Bongbong Marcos, broke down in tears as he narrated the ordeal he and his people went through when the calamity struck.
Romualdez recalled that when Yolanda hit their area, there was no more land and everything was water. He said bodies were all over and there were practically no more roads.
He said they were not given the assistance they badly needed in Tacloban, even if he was already begging to the national government. He added that there was “never a rescue up to today.”
Romualdez said he was very frustrated because the reinforcement was not enough.
“What was so frustrating was there was no reinforcement. The focus was on relief goods. If you can muster enough security for President Aquino, why didn’t the national government spare some men to secure Tacloban?,” Romualdez asked.
He said there were soldiers on the ground but they couldn’t move without the Philippine National Police (PNP) under Roxas.
Romualdez then recommended that there must be a law that would define when and how the national government should come in during situations like what happened in Tacloban.