QUEZON City, August 3, 2014—Not one to fall for sweet talk, the Association of Major Religious Superior of the Philippines for Men (AMRSP) slammed President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy)’s claim on his recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) detailing what his administration had supposedly accomplished in relief and rehabilitation efforts for the communities affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013.
AMRSP executive director Fr. Marlon Lacal dismissed PNoy’s typhoon Yolanda achievements as “fiction”.
According to the priest, AMRSP had remained in Tacloban long after the onslaught and days before PNoy’s people thought of going there.
“We were there three days after Yolanda, and I saw no representative from the national government. It took four days before Mar Roxas came out in the open. For six months, almost every week, I was there. … [so] I know what was going on,” Lacal said.
He stressed there is no truth in the President’s “boast” that electricity was restored immediately.
Even now, he explained, places wrecked by Yolanda still experience frequent power interruptions.
“[Energy] Secretary Jericho Petilla vowed to resign from his post if he failed to resolve the power crisis on December. … Petilla did resolve it temporarily only this February. Although now there is electricity, supply is fluctuating and not all areas are reached,” Lacal added. (Raymond A. Sebastián)