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Will Aquino skip Tacloban on ‘Yolanda’ anniversary?

/ 07:24 PM November 05, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III will most likely skip Tacloban City when he visits Eastern Visayas on Friday to mark the first year when Supertyphoon “Yolanda” struck the country.

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the Special Cabinet Meeting on Typhoon Yolanda updates at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (November 05, 2014). Also in photo are Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director general Emmanuel Joel Villanueva; Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, Jr.; Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo; Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr.; Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr.; Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson; Vice President Jejomar Binay; Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson; and Education Secretary Armin Luistro. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the Special Cabinet Meeting on Typhoon Yolanda updates at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday. BENHUR ARCAYAN/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Initial information revealed that Aquino would visit Guiuan in Eastern Samar, where Yolanda made its first landfall, on Friday (November 7) morning.

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No other location was mentioned.

Yolanda was one of the strongest typhoons to ever hit the country.

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Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II is scheduled to join Aquino in Guiuan. The President will return to Manila on Friday afternoon.

Last year, Aquino visited both Guiuan and Tacloban, days after Yolanda hit the country and left more than 6,000 people dead.

At least a hundred people died in Guiuan while more than 2,000 perished in Tacloban, mostly due to storm surges.

Tacloban has been a controversial issue for Aquino because of his and Roxas’ conflict with Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez who was blamed for the slow local government response.

Protests have also been held in Tacloban by typhoon survivors accusing he national government of neglect.

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