Stop looting, priest appeals

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TACLOBAN City, Nov. 15, 2013— A Catholic priest has appealed for the restoration of order and a stop to the looting of stores and business establishments. 

Fr. Amadeo Alvero, spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Palo, said looting incidents are worsening the situation. 

“We already have a lot of problem and looting incidents will not help our situation now,” Alvero said. 

The priest instead urged the people to embrace the spirit of unity and goodwill so that the city will rise to the challenges. 

He said that looting incidents might discouraged businessmen from bringing supplies into the affected communities. 

“Let’s set aside violence and respect each other by doing service especially to those who are in need,” Alvero said. 

“We should be thankful for the assistance given to us. This is a positive thing that we should emulate rather than doing negative things,” he added. 

Desperation over shortages of food, water and medicine gripped some parts of Leyte province as some survivors turned into looting. 

On Tuesday, at least 8 people died when a wall collapsed as thousands of typhoon survivors stormed a rice warehouse in Alang-Alang town. 

Earlier, looting incidents also hit restaurants and shopping centers in Tacloban City, prompting authorities to deploy hundreds of cops to maintain peace. (CBCPNews)

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