Typhoon Ruby: Many stores in Leyte close due to panic-buying

By Sharon Evite

LEYTE – Ahead of Typhoon Ruby’s arrival, Leyte residents flocked to grocery stores to stock up on food and other supplies.

Photos show long lines at a store in Tacloban. While one picture taken at a store in Ormoc, Virginia Brillo was among those who endured the long wait in Tacloban.

“Mahirap mamili sa iba, kasi kung doon din pipila, din dito na lang, tiyaga,” said Brillo, a resident in Tacloban.

Noodles and canned goods were flying off the shelves. Leonardo Arnias was going to buy canned tuna, but there was none left.

“Wala na daw,” said Arnias. “Ito na lang ang nandito.”

Lines were also long at gasoline stations.

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, whose brother is governor of Leyte, says many stores have closed due to the panic-buying.

“Sa Leyte, marami nang tindahan ang nagsara,” said Petilla. “In fact, karamihan ng schools nga sa Tacloban walang pasok… but I think everything is panicking at this point.”

President Aquino has asked the trade and industry department to send its rolling stores to Leyte.

“Pwede ba yung rolling stores nyo,” said Aquino. “Aabot pa naman tayo. … Deploy them now.”

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