As Typhoon Rolly continues to ravage parts of Luzon, netizens asking for the whereabouts of President Rodrigo Duterte topped the trending topics on Twitter Philippines today.
The hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo was spurred by Duterte’s absence during the morning briefing of the national government regarding the country’s response to Typhoon Rolly.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque led the 10 am briefing with key government officials at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council headquarters in Quezon City.
Roque said that the president is in Davao City and is scheduled to be back in Manila on Tuesday.
Netizens took to social media to express their frustration over the president’s absence.
To ask #NasaanAngPangulo is not to demand the impossible--that he stop #RollyPh. It's to ask: where's the highest official of the country being battered by the strongest typhoon of the year?— Pilo Hilbay (@fthilbay) November 1, 2020
In a time of crisis, presence is a sign of leadership. Absence is abandonment of duty.
#NasaanAngPangulo is an accountability tweet. Hindi ‘yan bashing. It’s a call for leadership especially when we’re in a crisis in a middle of a pandemic.— jules guiang ?? (@JULESguiang) November 1, 2020
Leaders in times of trouble should be in front of the battlefield. Nation first before anything else. But what do we expect from Duterte? #NasaanAngPangulo? He’s probably planning to just “sampalin ko yang typhoon Rolly na yan”. The marginalized will be most impacted. Tanginaaaa— Kerwin King (@imkerwinking) November 1, 2020
In spite of the pandemic and a tropical super typhoon the president of the Philippines is still MIA.— ⁎ (@scgrueso) November 1, 2020
The inadequacy of this administration is causing numerous deaths.
We deserve better.#NasaanAngPangulo #RollyPH pic.twitter.com/wfJXBiU682
When do you give briefings? Why do you give briefings? How should you give briefings?
Leaders: their words and actions, or lack thereof, matter. Officials and citizens take their cue from them.
That is why we ask, #NasaanAngPangulo https://t.co/Qo80VXIK6c— inday espina varona (@indayevarona) November 1, 2020
Roque, however, said Duterte is monitoring the situation from Davao and has ordered agencies to ensure immediate assistance to all areas affected by Rolly.