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P-Noy walks out of Tacloban briefing after being egged on to declare martial law in city

President Aquino inspects devastation caused by Yolanda in Tacloban, 10 November 2013. PHOTO COURTESY OF MALACANANG
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MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday morning walked out of his own briefing in Tacloban City after being egged on by local businessmen to declare martial law in light of the looting in the city. 

According to a radio report by dzBB, the President was also miffed by Undersecretary Eduardo del Rosario of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) over the latter's supposedly exaggerated figures and unpreparedness.

Del Rosario was making his presentation as one local businessman was requesting to address the President.

The local businessman said he and his fellow businessmen were being "slaughtered" by lawless elements in an orgy of looting and arson.

The President lost his temper and stormed out of the meeting to cool off at the nearby Tacloban City police station, where he met with policemen. Ten minutes later, he returned to the briefing. 

(Editor's note: This story corrects an earlier story that suggested that del Rosario was supporting the local businessmen's call for a declaration of martial in Tacloban City.)

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