By Junex Doronio
DURING HARD TIMES, LEADERS SHOULD BE WITH THE PEOPLE but as flooding courtesy of typhoon Ulysses and up until floodwaters subsided, several Pasig City residents wondered aloud where their rock star Mayor Vico Sotto have been.
“Kay mayor, wala pang dumarating na tulong dito. Wala pa, maawa kayo. Kahit isa, wala. Bumaba na ‘yong tubig, walang dumadating,” Norma Antonio, a resident of Barangay Santolan, cried when interviewed for the GMA-7 “24 Oras” news program.
Sotto has been noticeably “missing in action” by residents of Barangay Santolan.
The hapless Pasigueños claimed that they had yet to receive any assistance after floods caused by Typhoon Ulysses damaged their houses and livelihood.
“Tulungan niyo po ako kahit kaunti lang. Kahit para na lang sa mga anak ko,” another resident, Marie Boquerin, wailed.
For her part, Editha Bansin said her family lost everything, including their home.
“Na-wash out po. Walang natira kahit ‘yong mga damit,” she sobbed.
Earlier reports said several residents of Barangay Santolan had to climb up their roofs for safety as flood waters quickly rose when Pasig River overflowed due to incessant rains dumped by Ulysses overnight Wednesday up to early morning the following day.
But the young mayor, son of showbiz personality comedian Vic Sotto and nephew of Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, claimed on his Facebook post that almost 60 percent of residents in Barangay Santolan were rescued, as this area had the biggest number of people stranded.
A post from the Pasig City Public Information Office also showed bags of relief goods have been packed to be given away to those hit hardest by the typhoon. (ia)