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Arroyo blows top at Coast Guard chief

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 13:06:00 06/22/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Even while on speakerphone from the United States, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s infamous temper flared up again on Sunday, during a meeting of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) on the effects of typhoon “Frank” (international codename: Fengshen).

The President raised her voice as she was asking Coast Guard chief Vice Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo over why the M/V Princess of the Star was allowed to leave Manila port despite storm warning.

The ferry capsized off Sibuyan Island while carrying over 700 passengers and crew.

The President and Tamayo apparently could not understand each other.

Arroyo thought all ships were grounded after a warning was issued.

Tamayo tried to explain that the warning issued before the inter-island vessel left Friday evening only covered small vessels.

But the President apparently did not immediately understand this and kept badgering Tamayo when the warning was issued.

A rattled Tamayo took a while to explain again to the President that the ship’s size allowed it to sail.

When she got Tamayo’s point, Arroyo told the Coast Guard chief that the warning systems needed revising.

To which, Tamayo replied: “We’ll do that ma’am.”

Towards the end of the dressing-down, the media were escorted out of the defense department conference room, where the meeting was held.

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Written by joelguinto

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