Aquino sends Roxas to typhoon-hit regions, says P8B calamity fund ready


Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II: Checking out damage

MANILA, Philippines—Taken aback by the mounting death toll in the wake of Typhoon Pablo, President Aquino on Wednesday hastily dispatched Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II to check on the extent of the devastation in Mindanao, as well as oversee government’s response on the ground.

The President also made available a total of P8 billion in “stand-by” calamity fund to augment the depleted calamity funds of affected local governments, after the typhoon pounded Mindanao since it made landfall in Davao Oriental Tuesday.

“There is at least P8 billion (in) calamity fund (which is) ready (for disbursement). These are revenues from unexpected sources. This is with the sale of the Food Terminal Inc. government property in Taguig City (worth P24 billion),” said the President.

He made this disclosure in a speech at the annual general assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at Manila Hotel.

The President also appealed to politicians not to use the calamity to earn brownie points even as he veered off from engaging in a blame game this early.

“If you’re looking for Mar Roxas, he is now in Mindanao. He is checking on typhoon-ravaged areas, and we have a lot of questions that I want to provide answers myself. And that’s what he’s checking out,” said Aquino, who lamenting the loss of lives despite government’s repeated warnings ahead of the onslaught of the typhoon.

“Every time there is loss of lives (as a result of calamities), we always think, ‘Could we have done something to, perhaps, lessen if not prevent casualties?’ And we will know the answers in a short while,” said Aquino, who is planning to leave for Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental as soon as possible.

Asked if he was disappointed with the government’s response and mitigation efforts since the death toll stood at 274 as of Wednesday night, Aquino said: “Compared with (Tropical Storm) ‘Sendong,’ there is a big difference in terms of the number of casualties here. But any single casualty is a cause for distress. We would always ask if we could lessen the (death toll).”

Sendong struck Mindanao and parts of the Visayas in December last year, just a week before Christmas, unleashing floods that killed over 1,000 people and ravaged large areas in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

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  • tonyoks

    LATEST UPDATE : CBCP/vatican communique

    The CBCP, particularly the newly appointed Prince cardinalTagle will also send a fact finding commission as to why their latest santo was not able to stop this calamity despite his strong showing of miraculous feats before and after his canyonization…

  • mulanay

    Naku Mr Roxas, baka magkabanggaan kayo ni VP Binay sa Mindanao. Mag-ingat ka. Regards kay Korina.

  • pangitbudhiko

    WOW HEADLINE PA!!! Abnoy send Roxas to the typhoon stricken area of Mindanao. Paano maniniwala ang taong bayan sa iyo na you are for these people. When Super typhoon Sandy hit U.S. of A, at the height of the presidential campaigning both candidates suspended their campaign  sorties, Pres. Obama headed to the hardest hit state  of the Super typhoon, And here’s abnoy telling Roxas to go to the typhoon area. Tell them to relax and he has allocated 8 billion pesos for the calamity funds. Hindi yun ang kailangan ng mga biktima ng Bagyo, what the people needs is a fatherly figure to make their plight more manageable Abnoy talagang pinakikita mo na you are a do nothing president thru and thru

  • kilabot

    and what will he do there? eulogize the dead?

  • boybakal

    Aquino sends Roxas to typhoon-hit regions….ang Kupad talaga ni Mar, nandoon na si matandang Binay.
    Daig ng Maagap ang tatamad tamad.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Everytime there is a calamity in the Philippines, I can see a bonanza for the Roman Catholic church. Maybe I am wrong. Okey tell me I am wrong.

    • $20722540

      hey, sa mga politiko – sila ang meron bonanza gagamitin sa election.  ano pakialam ng Catholic Church

      • opinyonlangpo

        You may be right, Monsignor. But it was in other news article many times that one of your diocese kept collecting donations locally and internationally months after the disaster and worse of all some or all of the donations did not reach the victims. When asked where the money was used and he pointed out that it was used for your organizations purposes like your priests’ pension plan or medical insurance . . . . . I am glad though that there is a monsignor like you who don’t look at disasters like this as windfall from God.

      • $20722540

        kung meron man abuloy yong simbahan, barya lang compara sa mga politiko eh BILLION billion

      • opinyonlangpo

        That means you were not able to read those news in rappler, the diverted donations runs into millions. Anyway thanks for the attention.

      • $20722540

        catholics doesn’t mind…obviously you’re not a catholic so it doesn’t hit you a single cent

      • opinyonlangpo

        Wrong. It was those catholic laity that pursued the case of the missing donations. Obviously you do not know what you are talking about.

      • $20722540

        ikaw ang hindi catholic…few did mind  who cares.  indeed, you are very good in making sweeping statements..without basis

      • opinyonlangpo

        Still, obviously you did not know. Ask the Paranaque bishop where all the donation has gone, if you really do care.

  • Balahura

    bring the heavy equipment to dig from mud flood, stop mining, stop logging, buy rescue helicopters not battle helicopters…..bring food not sympathy….

  • Balahura

    you have money now why not use it for disaster risk management, what is the role of Binay in this occurence, this is not the time for political ambition….

  • Mark

    Grabe yong ginawa ni CJ Sereno, tsk.tsk.tsk.. Unfortunately bakit wla dito sa PDI??hmmm

    Abangan ang laban sa December 11.. Kindly check daily tribune fyi…

    • EdgarEdgar

      PDI has been downplaying it since yesterday (Tuesday). Even the title of the article concealed the growing tension in the Supreme Court. Manila Times was the first to come out with an article on Sereno’s improper conduct and illegal resolution early last Tuesday. ABS-CBN followed with a report on it later in the day. As per Manila Times, Sereno might not be able to attend the next Tuesday session because of a conference in Malaysia and another one in the US in subsequent weeks.

    • pangitbudhiko

      Mark nasa wwwdotrapplerdotcom/newsbreak

    • $20722540

      noon isang araw hindi nila pinapansin…maybe trying to protect sereno.  manila times was ahead of everybody…even ahead of daily tribune to report the ILLEGAL RESOLUTION signed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Philippines.  indeed, only in the Philippines!!!

  • Noel

    Why sent Roxas not Binay ?

  • oh_noh

    sent roxas to see to it that the billions of budget is well divided among them fools :) 

  • pangitbudhiko

    kaya si Roxas ang pinadala niya sa Mindanao, dahil si abnoy ayaw makaamoy ng nabubulok na tao, alam mo naman si Abnoy ay mahadera, katulad ng kanyang mga kapatid na babae

    • Ding

      Kaya, huwag kang didikit sa Pangulo…sino ba’ng may gustong makaamoy ng nabubulok na tao?  Pero, kailangang gawin, diba?  Kaya, basahin mo uli ang balita gamit ang mata hindi ang budhi.

      • pangitbudhiko

        As suggested I have read the news article like 5 times already, and all I see is that abnoy doesn’t want  his hands to get dirty. He(abnoy said and I quote, “””” if your looking for Mar roxas he is now in Mindanao. He is checking out the tyhpoon ravaged area and we have a lot of question that I (abnoy) want to provide answer myself”””. Now what does that mean, he(abnoy) let Mar Roxas to dirty his hand and just report to him what happen in Mindanao, THAT IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF GOOD GOVERNANCE. ABNOY STYLE.

      • Ding

        Sana natutuhan mo sa naging karanasan mo sa eskuwela na ang isang supervisor, manager, o basta nakatataas na position ay puwedeng magdelegate ng dapat gawin…kaya nga mayro’n siyang cabinet members.

      • pangitbudhiko

        yes, but this is not the case In point, what the people need that has suffered this tragedy need’s a father figure in the person of the President

    • RONNIE858

      ayaw ka lang niyang maamoy siguro!

      • pangitbudhiko

         he cannot smell me I am 10,500 kilometers away from him,

      • Ding

        ‘Yung budhi mo nangangamoy, nasa unsocial media.

      • pangitbudhiko

        Ding, dont go that path you are trying to traverse, you will get burned, fair warning , concentrate on the comment not on the writer.

      • pangitbudhiko

        concentrate and give comment on the comment given by the writer and not criticise the writer, we are here to to exchange bloggs, not here to create cyber enemies.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Let us just hope that Mar Roxas has finally become a hands-on bureaucrat now that he’s heading the DILG. If he delegates everything again, orders subordinates about, spends most of his time in the comforts of the control center, focuses too much on optics, grabbing credit and getting TV facetime, the field reporters of ABS-CBN (who incidentally do not like Korina) and GMA7 will have a field day talking about it. His hands-off approach may have worked in DTI and DOST, but not in DILG.

  • $20722540

    dapat inabangan ni pnoynoy yong bagyo hindi pagkatapos ng bagyo, diba?  hindi proactive kundi palaging reactive yan ang presidente natin kaya ala asenso duh!


    Bakit hindi yung DENR secretary na si Ramon Paje ang ipadala niyo sa Mindanao? Nang makita niya ang naging epekto NANAMAN ng kapabayaan niya sa pagsugpo sa illegal logging especially sa Mindanao. Nang makita niya kung ano ang naging epekto ng pagbalewala ng DENR officials sa utos ni PNoy na nationwide log ban.

  • Ding

    At least P8B calamity fund ready for disbursement…sort of transaparency na pakikinabangan ng taon bayan ang pondo lalo na sa panahon ng pangangailangan…siguro kung hindi nawawala at nagamit sa tamang pamamaraan ang mga daangbilyon dahil sa fund messes, grandmother, father, mother, and children of all scams, hindi na natin dapat dinaranas ang mga ganitong kalamidad…sabi nga ni Goavan sana naiayos na ang mga dapat maiayos bago pa dumating ang kalamidad.

    Sana magkaroon din ng siyam na taong pamamahala si PNoy.

  • gin

    Si Roxas nanaman ang ginawang panakip butas ni Penoy. Kawawang Roxas. 

    • Ding

      Nakakahiya sigurong ang ‘gin’ sa ganitong panahon.

  • Your_King

    Aquino does not think. It makes sense he sends someone else in his place. He doesn’t like going to ravaged and poor areas being around poor people and victims. He prefers his nice air-conditioned condo or his Palace in Malacanang.

    • Ding

      Unlike you, Your Foolness?

  • disqusted0fu

    why cant Aquino do it himself? what is it with this president and the rain? whenever there are typhoons, he is always MIA! whats preventing him to leave now? are the confines of the palace too comfortable for him to leave? so he instead opts to just stay there and run his mouth to make it appear that he is actually doing something???

    • Ding

      Buti pa ‘yung isa kahit may tanikala sa leeg, at may life-threatening illness, panay ang pa-picture…siyempre, ‘huwag lang sa husgado…Just Tiis Leeg.

      • disqusted0fu

        your comments make no sense at all… i know its probably just a job for you anyway, but whoever is paying you is not getting his money’s worth.

  • Jon

    Muchacho, sabihin mo sa kanila na allergic ako sa mga calamity kaya di ako makapunta ok?
    Sasama si Kris para mamigay ng tulo sa mga may gusto.

    • Ding

      Mabuti na lang, may natira pang P8B para sa mga nabiktima ng calamity…nag-i-ipon pa rin yata para mabawi ang daan-daang bilyon nawawala sa mga fundmesses, fund diversions, project scama, etc.  Kapag isinauli ang mga iyon, sigurado zero calamity na ang Pilipinas.  Kaya, wala na ring calamity allergy. 

      Malamang mawala na rin ang saksakan ng bastos!

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