The vice mayor of Talisay, Batangas, one of the worst-hit areas of the Taal eruption, drew laughs online after he blasted Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) chief Dr. Renato Solidum for his ‘opinion’ on the possible eruption of Taal Volcano.
“Ang plano ko as a vice mayor, ay ako ay humihingi ng kuwan kay Presidente Duterte, yung opinyon ng Phivolcs ay medyo baguhin, kasi masyado niyang pinalala ang sitwasyon ng balita,” Talisay vice mayor Charlie Natanauan told Noli de Castro in an interview on DZMM.
“Masyado niyang ano e, sabi niya mas malakas ang puputok na susunod, nag iipon lamang. Opinyon niya ‘yon…Nag-iisa siya (Solidum) sa kaniyang opinyon. Kami buong Batangas ang naapektuhan sa kaniyang sinasabi. Pag-aralan niyang mabuti.”
The vice mayor also went on to lecture de Castro and his listeners about what was happening with Taal. He argued that Phivolcs was only making matters worse for his constituents who have to stay in evacuation centers far from their homes.
He further argued that Phivolcs should lower the alert level so people could go back home to clean their houses and get on with their lives. After all, if the volcano won’t erupt until after a year, then the people would have spent 1 year of their lives just waiting in evacuation centers!
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The vice mayor was not content with his ‘lecture’ on DZMM. In another report, he ‘explained’ that should the volcano erupt, the lava won’t reach Talisay because the volcano is too small, but the lake is big. It won’t fill up the lake; thus, the lava won’t also reach his town, he explained.
While most netizens laughed at Natanauan and simply ignored his statements, Calabarzon police chief Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. was not pleased, particularly because thousands of police are deployed to provide security in the area – and the residents are trying their best to defy orders because they want to go back home. The vice mayor’s statement is certainly giving them some courage to defy the cops.
“Nakikiusap po kami sa aming mga kababayan na kung pwede po sumunod tayo sa batas na ipinapatupad ngayon. Especially in the lockdown areas wherein we are now prohibited to enter within the 14-kilometer radius. Especially po dun sa harapan ng crater, ang dami pa pong tao dyan na pumipilit na gustong pumasok pero ginagampanan po natin ang ating trabaho hangga’t kaya po natin,” Danao said.
“Kay vice mayor po ng Talisay, nakikiusap po ako sa inyo bilang isang vice mayor ng lungsod o ng isang town dyan na please tumulong po kayo, wag na po kayo mag-udyok na pabalikin ‘yan. Kasi po pag ‘yan ay may nangyari, dahil sa pagu-udyok ninyo, pag nakita pa kitang buhay, iaalay kita sa bulkan na ‘yan!”
What is Phivolcs?
Phivolcs or the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology is a government agency dedicated to provide information on the activities of volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other related geotectonic phenomena. It is necessary to point out that their ‘opinions’, as Natanauan calls them, are based on scientific facts and readings of scientific instruments.