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Validation of the PNP report on the ‘Odette’ casualties is pending: DILG

Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao said on Tuesday that reports from the Philippine National Police (PNP) on casualties from Typhoon Odette should be viewed as preliminary since they will have to be validated by the country’s top disaster response agency.

“The PNP report is still in its infancy. DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) and NDRRMC will continue to verify those deaths (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council). Yung iba kasi diyan ay maaaring hindi directly caused by a typhoon, such as nagkasakit or nakuryente, but later na ng dumaan ang bagyo (Some of the deaths may not be directly caused by the typhoon, say they got sick or electrocuted after the typhoon has passed through). Each death must be verified, and the cadaver must be located “According to Ao, who spoke to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

According to the PNP’s most recent consolidated report, as of Tuesday midnight, at least 375 people were murdered, 515 were injured, and 56 were still missing as a result of “Odette.”

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said that the typhoon’s death toll had risen to 156 as of Tuesday morning, with 37 people still missing and 275 injured.

It was noted, however, that just nine deaths and two injuries have been confirmed thus far.

Attached to the DILG are the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

“Yung report nila (PNP) pupunta naman sa (Their report will continue to be sent to the) NDRRMC. NDRRMC will provide the official figure. I had already advised the PNP to verify the information and send it to the DILG and NDRRMC “Ao stated.

PNP spokesman Col. Roderick Alba stated in a statement that claims of casualties from their ground troops are being probed further.

“The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) receives the reported casualties, which are then verified by OCD, DILG, and DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development). All PNP units handling these data conduct due vigilance and care to eliminate the possibility of redundant or omitted data, which could jeopardize the information’s accuracy “Alba remarked.

Meanwhile, he stated that the government is attempting to reach out to all impacted residents as soon as possible to provide them with relief supplies or help.

Alba’s comments followed accusations of looting, particularly in areas affected hard by Typhoon Odette.

“Actually, yung intel na iyan sa amin nakarating rin” (that information also reached us). “We do understand that yung ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang ang “… ang …”

Alba, on the other hand, stated that they had yet to receive any official looting accusations.

“We will not stand by and watch these events unfold. Our PNP chief has given us instructions to be proactive, and these items will be included in our post-operation. The PNP has set up a post operation to safeguard the valuables and properties of the evacuees, as well as kabahayan (houses) and establishments na naiwan ng mga (abandoned by the) evacuees.

Alba stated that they are always willing to assist the government in maintaining peace and order in fuel and water lines.

“The DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) has requested assistance in putting the pricing freeze in place. The PNP is all over the place and ready to help. If you have an issue, simply go to the nearest PNP station. Even if our own cops have been victims, they will help. He stated, “As our mandate is to protect and serve.”

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