By Andrew Jonathan S. Bagaoisan
ILAGAN CITY, ISABELA–“Sorry, guys, wala kayong maireport…”
It wasn’t pity or something sinister. No one lost a scoop nor was anything swept under the rug.
Jessie James Geronimo, information officer of Isabela province, was actually in good spirits giving this aside to national reporters at the briefing of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and local officials in the capitol.
Geronimo’s reason for saying so: “…Because we did our job.”
Everyone at the briefing shared a laugh.
After all, there was a grain of truth to it. The reporters had nothing much to report—except that the province survived the onslaught of Typhoon Chedeng (a.k.a. Maysak) a day earlier without a single casualty.
Interior Sec. Mar Roxas, in town for the meeting, smiled, exclaiming off mic: “Good news! Good news!”
In a country too used to rising death tolls after natural disasters, Chedeng left all with a sigh of relief.