Written By Real Kevin Jay on Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 9:48 AM
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez have finally ended their word war and even thanked each other for their relief and rehabilitation efforts in the typhoon-ravaged city.
Roxas and Romualdez faced off at the Congressional Oversight Committee on the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management hearing on the post-Yolanda rehabilitation on Thursday.
While both officials still mostly reiterated their previous statements regarding the alleged politicization of relief operations in Tacloban, it was evident that the two did not engage in heated arguments.
Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Roxas said he is happy to see Romualdez again two months after super typhoon "Yolanda" struck the country.
"Sa pagitan naman namin ay makikita naman na yung kapakanan ng mga mamamayan lamang ang siyang
nasa isip namin at tinrabaho namin. So natutuwa ako na nabigyan kami ng pagkakataon dito sa Senado na magkita muli," he said.
Romualdez, for his part, said he knows that the interior secretary has a "very good heart."
"I know him. I know his heart. He has a very good heart for people and he worked really very hard," he said, before shaking the hands of Roxas as they both expressed gratitude to each other.