In a Facebook video uploaded by Philippine Typhoon Updates, Mar is seen leading people towards the basement. This was during the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda.
Immediately after, “netizens” started pointing out that leading people towards this direction was idiotic.
Atty. Bruce Rivera, the San Beda law professor who decried the decision of the Supreme Court over Grace Poe, wrote a more scathing remark:
First, kung totoo man na sa basement niya pinapunta ang mga tao at hindi sila namatay, malayo siya sa Tacloban nun. Baka nasa Cubao lang siya.
Second, kathang-isip lamang ito dahil sa laki ng baha di mo papupuntahin sa basement ang mga tao.
Third, tanga siya at walang alam. Pwedeng dahil dun nalunod ang mga pinapunta niya sa basement at siya lang ang nabuhay.
There are so many others.
Suffice to say that, once again, people who were not there have passed judgment in the high pedestal of their smartphones and keyboards.
And once again, they are wrong.
The venue that is subject of this discussion is the Leyte Park Hotel in downtown Tacloban City. It is built on a hill which overlooks Cancabato Bay.
Unlike the rest of Tacloban City, Leyte Park Hotel is situated on high ground. The observations of some foreigners come to mind:
Since [Leyte Park Hotel] is on high ground, it didn’t experience the storm surge, but took the full 200+ mph (300+ kph) winds.
Since the danger came from above, where do people affected by such danger go to protect themselves?
They go down, not up. Towards the basement, not the rooftop.
Why? The rooftop looked like this:
But, of course, this fact is lost to those who simply want to lay blame.
A more detailed explanation can be found here.