By Prince Golez
Malacanang on Wednesday said it supports the decision of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to investigate at least 10 municipal mayors for being “physically absent” during the onslaught of typhoon “Ompong.”
The DILG said the local executives are from Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
They could be suspended or dismissed from service if found guilty of absenteeism and negligence of duty.
“Tama lang po na kung pupuwede sibakin na iyang mga hindi nagpakita sa panahon ng bagyo ‘no, dahil dapat panahon casus fortuito eh inaasahan natin iyong mga lokal na pamahalaan ang mangunguna sa kanilang mga constituents,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a radio interview.
“Hindi naman po puwede sila ng unang-unang nagtatago, sila iyong unang nagbakasyon. Kaya po sila hinalal ng taong bayan para mag-provide ng liderato sa panahon ng pangangailangan,” Roque added.
The death toll from Ompong climbed to 74 as of Tuesday, the Philippine National Police reported.
Sixty people were killed in CAR; 10 in Cagayan Valley; two in Central Luzon; and one in Ilocos Region and Metro Manila.