“Nobody is allowed to go back until such time that it is safe,”
Ganito ang naging pahayag ni Pangulong rodrigop Roa Duterte sa kanyang talumpati sa Batangas City Sports.
Idineklara rin ni Pangulong Duterte na “no man’s land” ang isla ng Taal matapos ang rekomendasyon ni Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña.
“They’re just following the recommendations and they are all approved… I approved it because it is good for the people,” sabi ni Pangulong Duterte sa rekomendasyon.
Sinegundahan naman ni Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ang pahayag ng Pangulong Duterte. Nababahala din si Lorenzana na posibleng maay masawi kung hahayaan nila na bumalik ang mga tao sa isla.
“I strongly believe and recommend that we strictly implement the suggestion or recommendation that Taal island will be declared a no man’s land, don’t let the people go back in case there is a more violent explosion, the people there will perish in that island,” pahayag ni Lorenzana.
Umapela naman si Pangulong Duterte sa mga otoridad na maging mapagmatyag sa maaaring mangyari.
“This crisis seems to be a continuing one. Whether it will grow into a big explosion or it will simmer down, we have yet to… Let’s see what develops in the days to come. It’s up to… Dr. (Renato) Solidum to make something out of it,” paliwanag ni Pangulong Duterte.
Kuntento naman daw si Pangulong Duterte sa naging aksyon ng pamahalaan sa kalamidad.
“But I am happy that we responded well. And we are here, especially the (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and health authorities, because (those are) the (two main) problems really. And, of course, the food and people here cannot move. They are even covered with ashes like zombies sa (in the) picture. Kawawa naman (Pitiful),” dagdag ni Pangulong Duterte.