Nasaan kaya si Teddy? (Where is Teddy?)
The absence of Congressman Teddy Baguilat Jr. right after the devastation brought by Typhoon Ompong did not escape the watchful eyes of the netizens. As a public official, people expected that he would be the first one to be seen in the places where fatalities occurred, assisting his constituents during the crucial time.
The most affected place in Ifugao was the Mayoyao which is now under a state of calamity due to extensive destruction of crops and agricultural products. Ompong’s wrath left damage to water, electricity, and transport system. Two Ifugaos died during the landslide in Itogon, Benguet mines. The Ifugao State University was partially-destroyed.
Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) was one of the worst-hit areas with 68 dead, many were injured, and 68 missing people. The multiple mudslides, rockslide, and landslide incidents trapped a number of people as well as flooding incidents caused the massive rain caused the sad plight of the residents.
On the other hand, Baguilat, who is known for his vicious verbal attacks against President Rodrigo Duterte’s governance was missing in action. He is under the umbrella of Liberal Party.
Chatie Lagrana -“Puro sila paninira sa Pangulo at sa Gobyerno eh sila mismo sa sariling lugar walang magawa.”
Nhor Maslamama – “Yan kasi naninira kay tatay digong ay na iinggit sila. Kasi gusto nila tumaas pero hanggang jan lang sila mga LP. Wla ng boboto sa inyo.”
Datu Samad Paindong Pagayao – “teddy baguilat syan ns nga ba sinasabi nsming mamayan puro ka lang paninira sa govt. wala ka naman nagagawa sa sarili mong lugar ssan ka noong bagyo. Tindi kapal ng mukha mo salot ka sa bayan.”
The big question remains
Where was Congressman Baguilat during that time?