Is it true that the national government led by the Aquino administration together with his right hand Mar Roxas is politicing Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez?
Reports said that the national government had held their full support to Tacloban City so that people will find him an incompetent leader.
On day 2, Mayor Romualdez requested two Marine battalions to help immediately establish peace and order and rescue/relief operations on his city but the national government seems to have not heard the request. The national government instead sent the MMDA and Bureau of Fire Protection personnel, not on day 2, not on day 3, but one whole long week after the storm.
Mayor Romuladez, according to his counsel, had requested additional police force as only 25 police officers had reported to work out of 280, but this request had again remained unheard.
The national government who came very slow on the rescue operations on the Yolanda-hit areas was observed by other countries making the Philippine government to be a subject of laughters, not just to the international audiences but to its own people.
The Department of Interior and Local Government Unit Secretary Mar Roxas wants Tacloban City Mayor to widthraw his function as a Mayor of the city.
According to Romualdez’s counsel, Roxas asked Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez to write a letter to President Benigno Aquino III to inform him that he can no longer function as mayor and he is surrendering authority to the DILG chief –> that’s him (Mar Roxas) by the way.
The counsel also said that Roxas had made an arrangement to have the Tacloban City Council to pass a resolution stating that the mayor can no longer function and surrendering authority to the DILG chief –> that’s him again (Mar Roxas) by the way.
However, only one city councilor had showed up when they were called.
Meanwhile, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III was reportedly to have washed his hands and pointed his fingers to the local government officials for the tragic outcome from the super typhoon amid his zero-casualty policy which he publicly told to the media.
“It appears (Tacloban) was not that prepared, let’s just say, compared to other areas,” – Aquino told to the media the day after Yolanda went on the central Philippines.
Did the Aquino administration really used the tragedy to oust the Tacloban City mayor? That they held back the government’s full capability in rescuing the typhoon victims just to snatch the power on Tacloban for Mar Roxas?
Did Mar Roxas really wants the Mayorial power for himself?
Well, I guess Roxas can only confirm that, what we know for now is he asked the Tacloban City mayor to step down and take the role for himself. Oh yeah, he asked the Tacloban City council to do it for him too, just in case the mayor refused to give the power – you know.
Meanwhile, the Tacloban City mayor, who was labeled by Yahoo! Phillipines as a captain without ship said: “This is very lamentable because we are doing everything we can to help the people and fulfill our duties and responsibilities as elected leaders,”
In the end, what this article wants to say is “You cannot put a good man down,” no, not even a president or a mere cabinet member.
But again, these are all rumors yet to be confirmed… or denied.