The streets of Taclóban City in Leyte were in chaos Saturday as several residents began looting grocery stores and breaking into shops for food and other basic items they needed to survive in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda.Video footage recorded by the team of GMA News correspondent Jiggy Manícad showed several men breaking into what appeared to be the storage area of a grocery store in the city and grabbing as much bread and softdrinks bottles as they can get.Manicad said some residents have even resorted to forcibly entering fast food shops and destroying ATMs to get food and cash.
“…sana po ang armed forces macapagpadala po ng fuerza…“
“What breakdown of “law and order”? When people are starving and the government cannot do anything, it’s their right to take over supermarkets and malls to distirbute food and feed themselves. They should really do it in an organized manner that can provide equitable distribution to all the needy.”
—Sonny Melencio, Chairperson of the Partido Lakas ng Masa—
“Whose law and whose order are we supposed to protect? This is not looting. These are the people trying to protect themselves from an uncaring and murderous system — a system that kills. We should call for the people to take over supermarkets, rice depots and so on, and take control of food and relief distribution themselves. Not looting. It’s wealth distribution.”
—Reihana Mohideen, Chairperson of Transform Asia—
“Thou shalt not steal.”
“And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting? Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He said to him: Which? And Jesus said: thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness.”