MANILA, Oct. 20 (PNA) — Malacanang is leaving it up to the people to assess the actions of politicians who are extending aid to victims of Typhoon “Lando”.
In a briefing Tuesday, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said there are rules that can determine whether the actions of the politicians are simply politicking or not.
“Sa aming pananaw naman ay matalino ang ating mga mamamayan (In our view our citizens are intelligent),” he said.
Coloma said it is not right to prevent typhoon victims from accepting help from people who are extending it.
“Iginagalang natin ‘yung pagnanais ng mga nais tumulong na maghatid ng tulong nila, at sa ngayon ang dapat na umiral ay ‘yung pagtitiyak na maayos ang kalagayan ng mga apektadong pamilya (We respect the efforts of those who want to help and what is important now is to make sure that the needs of the affected families are attended to),” he added.
The typhoon (international name: Koppu) made a landfall in Casiguran, Aurora province early Sunday. It has weakened and is now considered a tropical storm but not without leaving devastation, particularly in Casiguran and several areas in Quezon, as well as in central and northern Luzon.
Based on the 5 p.m. report of the state weather bureau, tropical storm “Lando” continues its slow approach towards Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands.
As of 4 p.m., the storm was estimated at 90km west of Calayaan, Cagayan with a maximum sustained winds of 75kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90kph.
It is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday afternoon. Joann Santiago/PNA