The Roxas versus Romuladez video in all 43 minutes glory!

The video is now confirmed to have been uploaded by Cito Beltran from the Philippine Star. He concludes in Making it Public: “The tragedy in all this was while Mar was frantically trying to get Romualdez et al to say “We Surrender,” the whole world was in the backyard distributing aid and helping. ”

What was actually said? Here is the video and succeeding transcript and other pertinent comment:

A bit of transcript:

Comments from the youtube video:

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Comment worth reading:

@FrancisAcero writes on Facebook: “Unless they rehearsed this, it was always going to end badly. Mar was doing fine managing comms and resources until these “negotiations,” made necessary only because of Disaster Law.

I would rather face the firing squad of abuse of authority if it saved lives following a natural disaster, but that’s just me. It appalls me that a law could be that poorly crafted, especially as a response to Ondoy. It is clear that in such situations where lives were at stake, getting consent stalled the delivery of relief. It is also clear that if this whole exercise is a game of who has greater fault, we will not learn the lessons we all need to learn.

Again, SMCRE error, and it’s so glaring, on both sides. What you had was a dispute without a referee on a trivial matter. It just reeks of politics with a small p. Everything could have been handled better.

Unfortunately for our leaders, national and local, and although it may be unfair being judged by Monday morning quarterbackers, they are now being judged. They all failed the people when they were needed.

Reminded of how GMA thought people would change their minds if they only knew the good she was doing. Doesn’t quite work that way.”

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  • baycas

    Though root cause analysis is a bit crippled by hindsight bias, it still has its significance at this point…

    One step in the process/system is the unambiguous determination of when NATIONAL government must step in in place of the LOCAL government, especially in the days prior to the impending disaster (or hours prior…like in the August 23 Manila Hostage Crisis).

    There must be some form of an override mechanism if it had been proven that the leaders in the LGU cannot prepare for the worst scenario or cannot control the situation.

    We cannot afford another mayor to “sit out” an oncoming super typhoon in the luxury of his beach resort or another unsuccessful hostage crisis negotiator and mayor to easily give up negotiations.

  • belen

    Did the other mayors of Leyte, Samar, and other devastated, crippled cities/municipalities in the Visayas write letters or create a resolution specifying what help they needed from the National Government? Was it only Tacloban that was crippled? Isn’t it common sense for National government to take charge of rescue and relief operations in areas literally wiped out by the storm? Hypothetically, if the mayor and city council members could not be located or could not function immediately after the super-typhoon (ex. due to injuries, missing), does the LGU Manual state that the National Government can take over automatically and then step down when the mayor or next in command resurfaces?

    • cocoy


  • andrew lim

    This is the most complete and sober analysis of that meeting. Thanks.

    My personal view:

    Yolanda reminds the Romualdez/Marcos families to return the ill gotten wealth.

    God allowed the destruction of Tacloban as a way of reminding the people of the sins of the Marcos/Romualdez families against the Filipino people. They have not made amends or returned the ill gotten wealth (est $10B) they accumulated during the reign of Ferdinand.

    Imelda is near the end of her life, and she cannot take the wealth with her. Yolanda is a reminder to the kin of Imelda to do what is right and use their ill gotten wealth to rehabilitate Tacloban.

    Mayor Romualdez keeps crying instead of opening their personal wallets and return the wealth of the people back! Stop blaming the national government – return the ill gotten wealth!


    • UPnnGrd

      God pointed Yolanda to Pinas so Yolanda causes death and destruction for what purpose again? In God’s calculus, the over 500 dead is pantay-lang to remind Imelda to do blah-blah-blah? Talaga?

      • andrew lim

        tell me of your understanding of God’s calculus then. you are free to disagree with mine, but tell me yours.

        • Jam

          I thought Genesis was full of symbolisms.

      • andrew lim

        Other food for thought on how I understand God’s calculus:

        1.When death and destruction rained upon Sodom & Gomorrah, the destruction was wholesale, was it not? Did it distinguish the
        children, the good, the poor and afflicted from the depraved?

        2. The Marcos dictatorship and its ill gotten wealth affected the entire Filipino population, impoverishing many generations. We still pay for the Bataan Nuclear Plant loan till today. That is more than the 7000 who perished in the typhoon. Also, how many died during the Martial Law era due to repression of dissent?

        3. Recently, Mrs Marcos’ secretary, Vilma Bautista was convicted and sentenced to jail in NY for selling a Monet painting for $32M, which was determined part of the Marcos loot. Imagine what that amount, equivalent to P1.4B could do for Tacloban. Now consider how much more is unrecovered by the PCGG.

        This is the Marcos/Romualdez families’ chance to set things straight and do right by the Filipino people, if you ask me.

        Weigh all of these things, the magnitude of it all, including the destruction of Tacloban, and try to see if it makes sense. It does to me, and I look at it from a very long point of view of history.