Pinalagan ni Alacala, Cagayan Mayor Tin Antono ang ulat ng Rappler tungkol sa nangyayari sa kaniyang nasasakupan. Ayon sa alkalde hindi daw kumpleto ang detalye ng naturang media site patungkol sa rescue operations na ginagawa sa kaniyang lugar.
Hindi rin nagustuhan ng mayora ang tila pinalalabas na kasisimula lang ang rescue operations. Banat ni Mayor Antonio, apat na araw na nag-umpisa ang pagliligtas sa mga residente. Ipinaliwanag din ng alkalde ang mga kinaharap na suliranin ng mga rescuers kaya pansamantalang natigil ang mga ito.
Rappler, Northern Forum, please provide context and complete details in the post you grabbed from my wall and page regarding the resumption of rescue efforts in Alcala, Cagayan at 5:00AM today.
Rescuers are unable to continue rescue efforts at night because this would put their lives and the people they try to rescue in more grave danger. In the dark, they would not be able to see anything, the water is still rising, water current is strong and unpredictable, tree trunks and other debris are swirling in the water, there are electric power lines along the way that may cause accidents. How could rescuers rescue if they themselves become victims. Worse, rescuers and the evacuees they try to rescue may perish under these perilous circumstances at night.
Also, this is the FOURTH DAY our rescuers have been going out to bring our evacuees to safety. Please do not make it appear in the caption that it is only now that rescue efforts are being launched.
Please be responsible in reporting. Do not add to the fear and hysteria. And you are doing the good and brave men and women rescuers of Alcala a great disservice. They have been working nonstop, round the clock, for the past four days. They do not deserve this. Be responsible.
Postscript: People might be thinking Alcala is part of or near Tuguegarao City, where sad, worrisome events have been unfolding. For everyone’s information, the Municipality of Alcala, Cagayan is 1.5 hours away from Tuguegarao.