- Vice Mayor Charlie Natanauan is trying to make the whole Taal Volcano situation look like it’s not as bad as people think
- Calabarzon Police Chief said he will throw the Vice Mayor into the volcano if he influences residents to come back
During an interview with DZRH, Calabarzon police chief Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. said that he will be throwing Talisay, Batangas Vice Mayor Charlie Natanauan into Taal Volcano if he influences residents to come back home.
The only reason Danao said this was because Natanauan previously went on record pleading with President Rodrigo Duterte to try and persuade Phivolcs, and Phivolcs Chief Dr. Renato Solidum to change their opinion on the entire Taal Volcano situation.
Natanauan felt that what Phivolcs is saying is just making the situation worse.
It seems that Natanauan wants to make it look like the situation is not as bad as people think it is.
“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.”
Moreover, Natanauan believes that Solidum’s prediction that a major eruption will be coming soon is just his ‘opinion’.
“Sabi niya kasi masyado daw malakas itong putok na susunod, nagi-ipon lamang. Opinyon niya ‘yun.”
“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,” he added.
Additionally, Danao said that some people who live near the crater want to come back even if it is prohibited, but his team is giving it their best to prevent the residents from doing so.
“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 then went on and begged Natanauan to stop trying to downplay the whole situation and to stop trying to influence the residents to go back to their homes. Danao wants Natanauan to cooperate.
“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.”
Danao then said if anything happens because of Natanauan, then he will offer him as a sacrifice to Taal Volcano.
“Kasi po pag ‘yan ay may nangyari, dahil sa pagu-udyok ninyo, pag nakita pa kitang buhay, iaalay kita sa bulkan na ‘yan.”
Interestingly, Phivolcs Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division chief Ma. Antonio Bornas said that they understand what Natanauan is feeling, and said that all the information they are giving our are backed up by science.
“We understand yung plight nila (their plight), we are working doubly hard so we can give the best information. We will be the first one to say if it’s safe to go back. Kasi (Because) we have them in mind all the time.”