P-Noy gov’t didn’t focus on flood warnings due to preoccupation with GMA’s "landmines," admits presidential spokesperson E

GMA News Online reports that presidential spokesperson Atty. Edwin Lacierda admitted at a press briefing on Tuesday, December 27, that "clearing the so-called landmines of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s administration had made the Aquino administration too busy to act on last year’s warning on the looming climactic catastrophe in the country."

GMA News Online reports that presidential spokesperson Atty. Edwin Lacierda admitted at a press briefing on Tuesday, December 27, that "clearing the so-called landmines of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s administration had made the Aquino administration too busy to act on last year’s warning on the looming climactic catastrophe in the country."

 

When asked when the said warning came, Lacierda replied: "It was early on in the administration, and as you know we were really trying to do a lot of efforts at that time, we were doing a lot of clearing of the landmines."

 

The report noted that the warning came from the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) several weeks after President Benigno Aquino III took over the presidency in 2010.

 

Indeed, an Interaksyon.com report reveals that CCCP expert Dr. Esteban Godilano had disclosed at another press conference that he had presented their report "three times" to government agencies during a river planning workshop in July 2010, which was held  in, ironically, Cagayan de Oro City. The city was one of the areas that suffered from tropical storm Sendong’s wrath.

 

Interaksyon.com quoted Godilano, who said: "Three years ago pa namin sinasabi (we were saying) that we need to look at watersheds as a planning domain. Walang nakikinig. Itong mapa ay naipresenta ko na ng tatlong beses sa (Nobody listened. This map I presented three times in) Cagayan de Oro."

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online and Interaksyon.com.

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