Desperation drives lawlessness in typhoon-hit areas

By Balitang America Staff

Nov. 13, 2013

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Fear that lawlessness is taking over Tacloban is brewing as desperate survivors resort to looting and scavenging through their storm-ravaged city.

The Philippine government has sent nearly 2,000 police, soldiers, and Special Forces to patrol affected areas of Leyte.

A night time curfew has also been in force since Monday.

Rumors that gunfights are erupting among Tacloban residents have spread.

But Mayor Alfred Ramualdez rejected the rumors, saying that gunshots that are heard are business owners firing warning shots.

Presidential Communications Secretary Ramon Carandang also sought to calm fears of unruliness in Tacloban, saying that “many reports of looting and raping have turned out not to be correct.”

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