A senator criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s cavalier remarks on the unrest in Taal Volcano which was placed under Alert Level 3 on Thursday after a short-lived phreatomagmatic eruption.
Asked about the matter that same day, Duterte joked: “Siguro lagyan ko lang ng cap iyong butas. Taal na ‘yan. It’s just a rumbling and it’s spewing — I don’t know if it’s really the ashes. Apektado daw tayo but it’s not really a grave concern for us at this time.”
Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Twitter, “While people are panicking and serious evacuation work is ongoing in some Cavite and Batangas municipalities threatened by the eruption of Taal volcano, making fun of its deadly crater is not funny.”
Lacson added, “There should have been an assurance not to worry because the government is there to help you no matter what happens in Taal. To make light of the situation there seems inappropriate coming from the mouth of a president.”