Independent senatorial candidate, Rep. Martin Romualdez speaks up and end the blame game on the controversial Yolanda issue by approving Mar Roxas’ achievement during the onslaught of the world’s strongest typhoon to hit the land. According to House Independent bloc member, Rep. Romualdez, the former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas “did his honest best and risk his life,” when he was in Tacloban on November 8, 2013.
According to Congressman Romualdez revealtions, the Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas was in Tacloban City, with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazming, when the devastating super typhoon Yolanda struck the city.
He was quoted as saying “We coordinated. In fact, Roxas was billeted at the Leyte Park Hotel, one of the structures that was heavily damaged at the height of the onslaught of super typhoon and stayed in Yolanda-hit areas to help return normalcy. We appreciated that very much and we thanked the national leadership including the President [Benigno ‘P-Noy’ Aquino III] for all the help given to the people,” Romualdez said.
“Let’s not inject politics anymore and stop the blame game by moving forward and continue on the rebuilding programs in Yolanda-hit areas.
After all, politics simply has no place in the face of tragedy of such magnitude,” he said.
Mar Roxas was earlier criticized for his participation in the controversial preparation of the national government before the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda. Rep. Romualdez reealed that Mar Roxas had spent two weeks in Yolanda-hit areas to extend the government’s assistance to the victims which is contrary to his critics statement that he visited Tacloban City just to have a photo opportunity.
“He did his honest best and risked his life to warn the people, but he and Sec. Gazmin were victims too. Everyone, including them was
overcome by Yolanda, the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history,” Romualdez said, recalling that Tacloban City was unrecognizable after a huge storm surge washed away houses.
Rep. Martin Romualdez also defended Mayor Alfred Romualdez and the national government led by Mar Roxas for all the things they have done in order for the people to prepare and prevent more deaths, but the typhoon was more powerful and strong.