Filipino netizens again found a way to insert humor into their anguish while waiting for announcements of class suspensions from their mayors—they put #WalangMayor (no mayor) in Twitter’s top trending topics on August 27 (Tuesday).
With Tropical Storm Jenny already bringing rains to Metro Manila and other areas as early as Monday evening, some mayors in the National Capital Region started announcing class suspensions in different levels.
However, some local executives failed to make their respective announcements up to Tuesday morning, thus, the birth of the hashtag #WalangMayor.
It was just trailing #WalangPasok in Twitter’s Philippines Trends.
Particularly criticized in thousands of tweets were the mayors of Makati, Manila and San Juan for not minding to issue advisories at all up to the time the students were about to leave for school.
In the process, another hashtag spawned—#WalangPake (I don’t care)—expressing the netizens’ disgust over the apparent indifference displayed by these city mayors.
The weather bulletin from PAGASA issued at 11 a.m. on Tuesday said Jenny was expected to make landfall on Aurora between Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning. The provinces of Isabela, Aurora and Quirino were already placed under Storm Signal No. 2.
Some 26 areas, including Metro Manila, were under Signal No. 1.
Jenny is expected to cut through Central Luzon. It is seen to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on August 29.
Jenny entered PAR just after Typhoon Ineng wreaked havoc in the northern part of the archipelago, particularly the Ilocos region, leaving 2 people dead and around P600 million in damage to crops and property.
One tweet said Manila literally has no mayor today, as Isko Moreno is currently in Australia for “a work and vacation trip”.