Malacañang on why no P-Noy visits to typhoon-struck spots: "When he shows up in calamity areas, he becomes the focus, not the victims"

Inquirer.net reports that"contrary to some perceptions," President Benigno Aquino III stayed hands-on during the onslaught of Typhoons "Pedring" and "Quiel"-but he just didn’t want to draw attention to himself.

Inquirer.net reports that"contrary to some perceptions," President Benigno Aquino III stayed hands-on during the onslaught of Typhoons "Pedring" and "Quiel"-but he just didn’t want to draw attention to himself.

 

In a radio interview, Undersecretary Abigail Valte, the president’s deputy spokesperson, explained, "What usually happens is that when he shows up in calamity areas, he becomes the focusRadyo ng Bayanand not the victims. That's precisely what the President wants to avoid. His point is that we should make sure that the national government is giving help."

 

The report said that Valte made the statement when she was asked about a reported comment by Senator Loren Legarda that the president should be more "hands on."

 

Valte said that the president was actually in contact with Cabinet officials for updates on Pedring even while he was in Japan. She added that P-Noy was waiting for the "situation to normalize" so he could personally check on the typhoon victims in northern and central areas of Luzon.

 

For more on this story, Inquirer.net.

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