From GMA News (Nov 13): Govt in 'full control' of security problem in Tacloban – Defense chief
Security forces have taken “full control” of the security problem in typhoon-hit Tacloban city, where looting incidents were reported in the aftermath of the disaster.
"There was a rampant looting in Tacloban. As of yesterday and the night before, there's no more (looting),” Defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin said on Wednesday. “We are in full control of the security problem in Tacloban."
Gazmin, who also chairs the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said at least 1,200 soldiers and 800 policemen have been deployed to the city to ensure peace and order.
The troops are backed by four armored personnel carriers, he said.
Latest reports from the NDRRMC showed that the death toll from Typhoon Yolanda, which tore through central Philippines last Friday, has increased to 2,344 with 3,804 injured and 79 missing.
Of the fatalities, 2,161 are from Eastern Visayas, the NDRRMC's 4 p.m. report said.
Gazmin assured the public that relief operations are ongoing for the affected population.