Bataan Cong Roman condoles with Ompong landslide victims
Bataan lawmaker Geraldine Roman expressed sympathies to victims of the massive landslide in Benguet province in the aftermath of typhoon Ompong.
On her Facebook page, Roman said, “My heart goes out to the families of the landslide victims caused by Typhoon Ompong, many of whom are still missing.”
“I can only imagine the anguish, fear and anxiety they are feeling right now, as they await more news about their loved ones,” the politiko said.
“I pray that we will find the missing people safe and alive – however slim that possibility may be. God is a merciful father and miracles happen all the time.”
As she cites reports that the landslides were caused by illegal and/or irresponsible mining, of which, some are attributable to poor urban planning and land use, and inadequate infrastructure, Roman said that as the new chair of the House Committee on Disaster Management, “I assure the Filipino people that we will find answers to the many questions we harbor surrounding this tragedy.”
“We should also ask ourselves: is this what we really want? Profit at the expense of lives and the environment? If the answer is NO, then we should do something about this,” the solon said.
“We have to change our priorities and the government should have the political will to put a stop to illegal and irresponsible practices.”
Ompong hit the northern provinces of Luzon over the weekend, bringing powerful winds and heavy rains that claimed scores of the lives and damaged properties, infrastructure and agriculture.(END)
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