By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Talisay, Batangas Vice Mayor Charlie Natanuan and Calabarzon police chief Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr. on Thursday crossed paths for the first time since their heated exchange at the height of the Taal Volcano crisis.
Natanauan and Danao were at the Senate for the inquiry of the urban planning, housing and resettlements committee into the government’s rehabilitation and relocation plan for the communities affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption last Jan. 12.
“General Danao, nandyan si Vice Mayor [Natanuan], ah. Bati na kayo?” Sen. Francis Tolentino greeted the police official before the hearing started. (Vice Mayor Natanauan is there. Have you made up?)
Danao was heard responding to Tolentino, “Magandang lalaki pala, sir, eh. Ngayon lang kami nagkita,” referring to the Talisay vice mayor. (He’s a good-looking fellow after all, sir. This is the first time we’ve seen each other).
Danao then approached Natanauan and the two posed for photos. The Calabarzon regional police director put his hand on the latter’s shoulder as they gestured with a thumbs-up to show they are now on good terms.
Danao earlier threatened to throw Natanuan into Taal Volcano as an “offering” after the vice mayor issued his “Is he God?” remarks against experts at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) for their warnings about the volcano’s activities.
Tolentino said Danao has relatives residing in Talisay.
Phivolcs director Undersecretary Renato Solidum, who had brushed off Natanauan’s statements, was also at the hearing.