Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson travels to Yolanda-stricken areas using his private Lear jet and helicopter, so claims Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez.
At a news forum in Manila, Romualdez said that by traveling in style, Lacson “has practically isolated himself” not just from the victims of typhoon Yolanda, but also from foreign and local aid groups that travel by land and sea to provide help to the affected areas.
“While the private sector, foreign aid agencies travel by taxi, Secretary Lacson travels by Lear jet and helicopter, and he wants all coordination done at his office,” the mayor said.
Romualdez also alleged that it was Lacson’s idea to transfer the Tacloban City airport to Palo, Leyte on the basis of a foreign funded study that said the airport’s current location poses a geo-hazard because it is reportedly below sea level, despite opposition from local residents and businessmen.
The two officials have been engaged in a squabble over Yolanda rehabilitation efforts, with Lacson calling Romualdez’ performance “sub-par” while the mayor wants the former senator to resign from his Cabinet post.