Teodoro also to blame for Pangasinan flooding, says Bayan
Bayan chairperson Dr. Carol Araullo chastised National Disaster Coordinating Council chief and Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr. for evading accountability and passing all the blame to dam executives for the massive flooding in Pangasinan Saturday and says he should also be held accountable, reports www.philstar.com via Yahoo News.
"At the minimum, he should have promptly coordinated the timing and volume of the release [of water from San Roque dam] with the possible evacuation of residents and other preparations needed by the affected towns in Pangasinan," Araullo added. ""It is appalling that he is clueless on data as basic as the amount of water released by the San Roque dam," she said.
Given that the dam's critical level is at 290 meters, no action was taken when water levels spiked from 281 meters to 284 meters above sea level as early as October 4 and 5 (based on data from the weather bureau's website), then when it further rose to 289.1 meters from October 6 to 9.