MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando said that at past 10 a.m. on Sunday, he had yet to speak with his 23-year-old daughter Tala Maria, who worked in the family-owned steel factory in Cainta.
"Na-stranded din siya kasi mababa din yung lugar doon. Down kasi lahat ng communications kahapon (Saturday) kaya the whole day, the whole night, hindi ko pa siya nakakausap (She was also stranded because she was in a low-lying area. All communication were down yesterday and that’s why, I have not been able to talk to her the whole day, the whole night)," he said in a phone interview.
Although he worried about his daughter, Fernando said he felt helpless because many others were also in dire need of help.
"Nahiya naman ako magpadala ng rubber boat kasi marami rin ang nangangailangan (I didn’t feel comfortable sending a rubber boat because others were in need of rescuing too)," he said.