POLITICAL BELLIGERENCE: MAR ROXAS LASHES BACK AT TACLOBAN MAYOR

DECEMBER 10- Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II (photo) yesterday admitted asking for a letter from Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez to allow the national government to take over the rescue and relief operations in the city in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda. Roxas, however, accused Romualdez of twisting the truth regarding that incident. He denied that the national government played politics. It was the mayor who painted politics by making this unfounded and crooked statement,” Roxas said.

ALSO: Longer video of Mar, Tacloban mayor meeting surfaces

DECECEMBER 11- A longer video recording of the controversial meeting between Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez (photo) is now making the rounds online after the camp of the Cabinet offical criticized a shorter clip that first surfaced. The latest video, which is nearly 43 minutes in duration, shows the meeting of the officials after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban City, with Roxas asking Romualdez for a document stating that the local government is no longer functioning so the national government may officially step in. Asked by Romualdez on what is not legal in the situation, Roxas said there was no proper recognition or conferment of authorities between the local and national government. He said formalizing the situation will prevent criticisms that may come out later that President Aquino simply took the authority of Romualdez. Roxas said the President is "very, very concerned" about the ongoing gray areas on the government functionalities operating.

ALSO: Mar says uploaded video malicious, spliced

DECECEMBER. 11- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday said that the video uploaded on Youtube, showing his meeting with Tacloban City Alfred Romualdez was spliced and branded it as "malicious." "Ang punto nito, malisyoso yung video na ito...kitang-kitang nahubaran yung masamang balakin ng gumagawa nito," Roxas said at a press conference at the Philipine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame. Roxas was referring to the 18-seconder video uploaded on YouTube last November 9, the same day that Romualdez appeared before a congressional oversight hearing at the Senate.

ALSO: WATCH: Mar telling Tacloban mayor 'You are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino'

DECEMBER 10 -The video was posted by "Josemari Gonzalez," the name of the father of Tacloban City Councilor Cristina "Kring Kring" Gonzalez, wife of the city mayor. In the video, Roxas was telling the mayor: "You have to understand, you're a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino." In a press conference at Camp Crame, Roxas clarified that he was just telling the mayor that President Aquino was being careful about ordering the take over of Tacloban because their families are political rivals. "He (President Aquino) is being very careful in just taking over because he does not want anything to be misconstrued. Ang sinasabi ko nag-iingat kami (kasi baka masamain)," he said. (Watch YouTube comments under the video)


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MANILA, DECEMBER 16, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Cecille Suerte Felipe - Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II (photo) yesterday admitted asking for a letter from Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez to allow the national government to take over the rescue and relief operations in the city in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Roxas, however, accused Romualdez of twisting the truth regarding that incident.

Roxas said he merely asked Romualdez to prepare a letter to allow the national government to take over. He said there was no threat to unseat the mayor but he merely wanted to make things clear on the division of functions.

Romualdez had told a Senate oversight committee hearing that not enough help was sent to Tacloban and claimed Roxas had egged him to give up his power as mayor.

He said Roxas even pointed out to him his being a Romualdez, a different political family from that of President Aquino.

“I sympathize with him, but my advice to Mayor Romualdez: don’t distort facts, stop rewriting history,” Roxas said.

“I do not know if he is trying to politicize the situation or he is just suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. What I am sure of, he is not telling the truth. Politics never played a role in the relief operations after Yolanda,” he said.

Roxas said Romualdez’s accusation of government inaction would be unfair to state agencies and the people who were pulled out from their comfort zones and sent into harm’s way to help in the rescue and relief of the victims of Yolanda.

“This is politics at its worst. It is unfair for the thousands of men and women who were mobilized by the national government to come to the aid of Tacloban,” he said.

Malacañang also denied the allegations of Romualdez that the national government ignored the request for help for Tacloban City.

“After it struck, the government spared no efforts in addressing the needs of the people in calamity areas,” Press Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

He said the government “took all necessary steps to prepare the people on the dangers” of the storm.

The most notable steps were the prepositioning of the goods, apart from the national televised address where President Aquino issued the warning to the affected areas, and the deployment of Secretaries Roxas and Voltaire Gazmin of Defense to the typhoon-threatened area.

All concerned government agencies, even the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), came out in full force, Coloma pointed out.

These were all evident and common knowledge, even before Yolanda made landfall.

“In view of these empirical facts, the President believes that those engaging in a media campaign and putting the blame on the national government are performing a disservice to the people,” Coloma said.

An Waray party-list Rep. Neil Montejo, a resident of Tacloban City, also disputed Romualdez on his statements.

He said the reports that the Aquino administration was remiss in supporting Romualdez and other local officials were inaccurate.

Montejo said Romualdez’s claim that Roxas tried to force him to relinquish his post was denied by his own city administrator.

‘No politics’

In a news conference, Roxas showed the transcript of the meeting attended by President Aquino, Romualdez and other officials of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Coordinating Council (NDRRMC) and the city government officials.

He denied that the national government played politics.

It was the mayor who painted politics by making this unfounded and crooked statement,” Roxas said.

Roxas maintained the government had sent all available resources to assist the people affected by Yolanda, not just in Tacloban City but also in the entire province of Leyte, and Samar as well.

“All I know is what was available at any given time was fully deployed,” he added.

Roxas explained the letter from Romualdez was supposed to put things in order so no one would be accused of power grabbing.

“All I want is to legalize it so that nobody could say there is a power grabbing. There was no threat to unseat him as mayor, that was made clear,” he said.

He said the letter was supposed to prevent controversies similar to what is happening right now. – Delon Porcalla, Paolo Romero, Michelle Zoleta

Longer video of Mar, Tacloban mayor meeting surfaces By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated December 11, 2013 - 12:21pm 37 2681 googleplus2 0


C-talk: Romualdez Roxas meeting: Published on Dec 10, 2013
Video recording of meeting between DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez concerning the need for an ordinance stipulating that the local government is no longer functioning in order for the national government to "officially" assist.

MANILA, Philippines - A longer video recording of the controversial meeting between Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez is now making the rounds online after the camp of the Cabinet offical criticized a shorter clip that first surfaced.

The latest video, which is nearly 43 minutes in duration, shows the meeting of the officials after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban City, with Roxas asking Romualdez for a document stating that the local government is no longer functioning so the national government may officially step in.

"We want to legalize, we want to make formal what is the situation," Roxas told Romualdez. "It's up to you, the chief executive of the city to say 'Look, hindi namin kaya.'"

Asked by Romualdez on what is not legal in the situation, Roxas said there was no proper recognition or conferment of authorities between the local and national government.

He said formalizing the situation will prevent criticisms that may come out later that President Aquino simply took the authority of Romualdez.

Roxas said the President is "very, very concerned" about the ongoing gray areas on the government functionalities operating.

"If you want the national government to take over to do this or whatever. You need to formalize that," said Roxas, noting that a verbal agreement won't suffice.

In the video, Romualdez replied: "Yes, I have no problem with that."

On Monday, Romualdez told a Senate oversight committee hearing that not enough help was sent to his city and claimed that Roxas urged him to give up his power as mayor.

Read: Tacloban mayor hits PNoy, Mar for lack of help

He said the Cabinet official even pointed out to him his being a Romualdez, a different political family from that of President Aquino.

"You have to understand, you are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino. He is being very careful in just taking over because he doesn't want anything to be misconstrued," Roxas said in the latest video.

Roxas denied on Tuesday that there was politics in the relief operations and claimed that Romualdez was not telling the truth.

“I sympathize with him, but my advice to Mayor Romualdez: don’t distort facts, stop rewriting history,” Roxas said.

The latest video recording of the meeting between Roxas and Romualdez was uploaded to Youtube on Tuesday by user "Cito Beltran."

It has already garnered over 43,000 views as of writing.

A shorter video clip of the meeting first was first posted on Youtube on Monday by "Josemari Gonzalez," the name of the father of Tacloban City Councilor Cristina "Kring Kring" Gonzalez, wife of the city mayor.

The clip, which is only 18 seconds in duration, has obtained over 100,000 views as of writing.

Roxas has criticized the release of the video, which, he claims was spliced.

"This spliced video conveniently hides the truth. Let the truth come out... Tigilan na ang panlilinlang," Roxas said.

Mar says uploaded video malicious, spliced By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) | Updated December 11, 2013 - 4:46pm



MANILA, Philippines - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday said that the video uploaded on Youtube, showing his meeting with Tacloban City Alfred Romualdez was spliced and branded it as "malicious."

"Ang punto nito, malisyoso yung video na ito...kitang-kitang nahubaran yung masamang balakin ng gumagawa nito," Roxas said at a press conference at the Philipine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame.

Roxas was referring to the 18-seconder video uploaded on YouTube last November 9, the same day that Romualdez appeared before a congressional oversight hearing at the Senate.

The uploader of the video was "Josemari Gonzalez," the name of the father of Romualdez's wife, Cristina "Kring Kring" Gonzales.

Roxas said that the video was uploaded on the social media sharing site to divert Romualdez's neglect of his city when super typhoon Yolanda devastated Eastern Visayas.

"Paano naman natin palalagpasin ang pag-upload sa YouTube ng isang dinoktor ng video? Hindi naman puwede yun," he said.

"Ang layunin ng malisosyong video na ito ay pagtakpan ang sariling kapabayaan ni Mayor Romualdez...may protocols yan eh.Ginagawa ang sulat ng LGU (local government unit) pag sinabi nila na hindi nila kaya," he added.

A second and longer video has also been uploaded to the video sharing site. The video is 43 minutes in length.

Roxas said the national government asked for the same letter from the Zamboanga City government during a standoff with members of the Moro National Liberation Front-Nur Misuari faction last September.

Roxas also reiterated that politics did not cause of delay of providing assistance to those affected by Yolanda in the city, with the President Benigno Aquino III's family being a long political rival of the Romualdezes.

"Ayaw ng Pangulo na magkaroon ng anumang bahid," he said, reiterating that the President was just being careful in taking over and did not want anything to be misconstrued.

At a Senate committee hearing on Monday, Romualdez claimed that the help for his constituents was delayed because of politics.

WATCH: Mar telling Tacloban mayor 'You are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino' (philstar.com) | Updated December 10, 2013 -5:34pm 48 1614 googleplus3 2

MANILA, Philippines - A video showing Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas' meeting with Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez surfaced in the video sharing site, YouTube, on Monday.

It was the same day that Romualdez appeared before the congressional oversight committee on the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 at the Senate, where the mayor accused Roxas of playing politics at the height of the relief operations for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City.

The video was posted by "Josemari Gonzalez," the name of the father of Tacloban City Councilor Cristina "Kring Kring" Gonzalez, wife of the city mayor.

In the video, Roxas was telling the mayor: "You have to understand, you're a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino."

In a press conference at Camp Crame, Roxas clarified that he was just telling the mayor that President Aquino was being careful about ordering the take over of Tacloban because their families are political rivals.

"He (President Aquino) is being very careful in just taking over because he does not want anything to be misconstrued. Ang sinasabi ko nag-iingat kami (kasi baka masamain)," he said.


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