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Can’t change facts! Talisay Vice Mayor Charlie Natanauan draws flak for seeking to change Phivolcs’ “opinion”

Jan 21, 2020 @ 14:47

While nobody wants what’s happening in Batangas following Taal Volcano’s eruption, Talisay Vice Mayor Charlie Natanauan is drawing flak for seeking to defy science-based advice.

Military official Harold Cabunoc slammed Natanauan in a Facebook post after the latter sought the President’s intervention to allow his constituents to return to their town.

Natanauan said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology should be asked to change its “opinion,” after the agency warned that Taal Volcano could erupt anytime soon and those in the danger zone should be evacuated.

Natanauan said Phivolcs was making the situation worse and claimed that its chief Renato Solidum was alone in having such an opinion.

Cabunoc, in his post, shared a link to a report on the Vice Mayor’s statements and said people like him are the reason soldiers and police personnel are having a hard time evacuating people out of the danger zone.

Some people believe Natanauan, Cabunoc noted.

Maybe it’s best to listen to the experts?

“VICE-MAYOR, GALIT SA PHIVOLCS

***Ang kagaya ni Vice Mayor ay syang dahilan kung bakit nahihirapan ang mga sundalo at pulis na hakutin lahat na mga tao palabas sa danger zone. Syempre, meron ding sumusunod kay VM.

Nananatiling Alert Level 4 sa PDZ dahil sa posibleng pagsabog ng bulkang Taal.

Ano opinyon nyo sa sitwasyon na ito?

****

MANILA – The vice mayor of Talisay, Batangas appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte Monday to allow his constituents to return home even as state seismologists warned that a hazardous Taal Volcano eruption is still possible.

Speaking to radio DZMM, Talisay Vice Mayor Charlie Natanauan also criticized chief seismologist Renato Solidum over the volcano alert warnings, saying the head seismologist should change his “opinion” about Taal’s activity.

“Ang plano ko as vice mayor ay ako ay humihingi ng kuwan kay Presidente Duterte na kung maaari ‘yung opinyon ng Phivolcs ay medyo baguhin kasi masyado niyang pinalala ang sitwasyon ng balita,” Natanauan said.

(I will ask President Duterte if [Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology] could change its opinion on the volcano because he makes the situation seem worse.)

“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,” he added.

(He is the only one saying that and it’s affecting the whole Batangas province. He should study it well.),” Cabunoc posted.

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