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first_imgRead Next While the death toll is horrifying enough, the reality of the desperate plight of survivors in northern Cebu towns like Daanbantayan and Tacloban in Leyte province is driven home by reports of massive looting of retail stores and malls in Tacloban—Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and a CNN anchor even witnessed these robberies in broad daylight, hours after Yolanda left the country.Whether they be opportunistic criminals who want to corner the supply lines of relief assistance or people who are so hungry that they would resort to stealing, the fact is that the police and military are having a hard time curbing this menace, the last thing everyone in the affected areas need.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeWhile one businessman, who was held at gunpoint by one of these marauding groups at Tacloban—called on the President to declare martial law—a suggestion that is both blunt and pointless considering that even at its worst, the typhoon-struck areas aren’t a threat to national security—it is clear that some semblance of order is needed to ensure the delivery of relief goods and cash aid.President Benigno Aquino III may have been downright immature to walk out of a command conference addressing the situation in Tacloban—netizens described the President as being a brat and arrogant—but he is under enormous pressue, and like many other Filipinos, frustrated over the enormous needs arising across such a wide area after the supertyphoon. Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew View comments SMC bags Bulacan airport project LATEST STORIES BPI nets P13.74B in H1 This is not the time for leaders to bicker and engage in partisan politics when countless Filipino lives, including four million children, are depending on them for help in their direst hour of need.MORE STORIESnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurtnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHMORE STORIESnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurtnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHFortunately other countries and the United Nations have seen the plight of these devastated areas and offered to help in any way they can. It is up to the national government, the country’s armed forces and police to facilitate the delivery of assistance from the community of nations to the typhoon victims.A state of emergency, not martial law, is essential in enforcing that semblance of order in these devastated areas.Vice President Jejomar Binay was right—now is not the time to bicker and argue, it’s time to reach out and help these victims recover.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal MOST READ Lacson: I’m no turncoat, I speak my mind PLAY LIST 01:19Lacson: I’m no turncoat, I speak my mind01:46Indonesia quake victims loot shops amid food shortage03:18Smell of Death, scenes of despair after ‘Yolanda’03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time The full extent of the devastation caused by supertyphoon Yolanda wasn’t known until more than 12 hours after it made several landfalls in central Philippines. When it came out, the whole world was horrified.Bodies strewn across both sides of the roads, fallen trees, poles and just about everything else lying in the middle of the highway and blocking motorists from passing through and survivors “walking around in the daze” wondering what just happened and how to get supplies.ADVERTISEMENT Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemlast_img

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