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Du30 sorry for slow gov’t response to Palawan’s ‘Odette’ victims

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An apology was issued by President Rodrigo Duterte to residents of Palawan over the government’s slow response following Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai).


“I want to apologize first. I want to ask for forgiveness because the government’s response was delayed. In truth, it’s hard for us up here because of all the places scattered around [in far-flung areas],” he told victims in Tagalog during a visit. “Island for island…even the funds.”


It took the President some time to be fully visible and on top of things, actively visiting typhoon victims to give out relief and see things firsthand. He did conduct an aerial inspection via helicopter before making the rounds. The Palawan visit is part of a number of areas he and a number of cabinet officials are visiting now that the storm has long gone.


“I raised P10 billion to be given to people,” Duterte said in Tagalog and English. “It does not include everything, but this is for the people. This is from my office. Help from other agencies is different.“


In addition, he asked the victims to be patient in waiting for the assistance from others.


No Christmas and New Year breaks would be taken for the Odette aftermath to be best addressed, the President said.


“I will work until Christmas. I will not celebrate New Year, I will really be out there.”


A state of calamity was recently declared by Duterte in areas Odette ravaged, especially Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Eastern/Central/Western Visayas and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan).

Photo: PNA


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