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Taclobanon faithful against ‘bastos, blasphemous’ rallies: Mayor Romualdez


The Taclobanon faithful would rather celebrate the feast of Santo Niño de Tacloban than welcome blasphemous and “bastos” protests such as the ones perpetrated by Maisug rallyists.

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez said Maisug rallyists led by former President Rodrigo Duterte should focus on other issues as their protests would not even solve pressing issues.

“They’re celebrating the Feast Day of Santo Niño. Maraming relihiyoso dito. Natatakot din ang mga tao dito. May pagmumura, hindi maganda ang mga sinasabi. ‘Di naman nila gusto ‘yun,” Mayor Romualdez said in a radio interview.

“Hindi naman sa kalye inaayos yan. Pag may problema nag-uusap naman. Yung anak nya Vice President, eh di kausapin si Presidente anytime. Kami mga simpleng tao sa Tacloban, ano magagawa naman po namin?” he added.

Tingog Partylist Rep. Jude Acidre agreed with the Taclobanon faithful, saying “Huwag naman sana gamitin ito na pamamaraan para mambastos. Mas marami pa yatang mura (ang mga naunang rally nila). Wala naman akong naririnig na panalangin.”

Mayor Romualdez also slammed Maisug rallyists for compelling people to go outside when a typhoon was striking the country, stressing that the local government was just protecting citizens.

“Huwag na ganon. Bakit palalabasin ang mga tao kung umuulan? Masama ang panahon. Tapos pag may mangyari, syempre sagot din namin yon,” the local chief executive said.

“Hiling ko lang naman sa kanila, dito sa Tacloban, kasagsagan ng Yolanda, natapos ang Yolanda, dini-discourage talaga namin ang rally rally. Wala naman ho maso-solve yan eh,” he added.

The Mayor also refuted the former President’s “absurd” claims that the local government was restricting flights to Tacloban to stop Maisug rallyists from coming in.

“Yung airport po namin under repair, kaya walang lumilipad sa gabi. Kaya punong puno yan sa araw,” Mayor Romualdez said.

“Pagdating ng Mayo, pagdating ng June, marami talagang piyesta dito. Talagang mataas ang pamasahe, mahirap maka-book ng flight,” he stressed.

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