“I would like to assure you that we are here to help. Nothing more. Wala na akong pinuntahang ibang dito. Ang aming trabaho lang,” Duterte said. “Purely trabaho.”
Duterte helped distribute relief goods to people in evacuation centers. He was joined by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año.
He also assured that the government was working to get people’s lives back to normal as soon as possible.
“The thing is, after whatever it is, catastrophe, war, sunog, calamity, is really to go back immediately to the normal ways. Huwag na tayong maghintay and wallow in self-pity na nakakaawa tayo. Balik na agad tayo kinabukasan. We return to normalcy ASAP, as soon as possible,” Duterte said.
Before going to Camarines Sur, Duterte also visited Catanduanes and distributed relief goods. He did not address the crowd there.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, some 25,959 families were affected by the typhoon in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions.
NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan said the agency is verifying reports that six or seven people were killed as a result of the typhoon as it continues to receive reports from affected provinces such as Quezon and Albay.
Citing information from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Marasigan said a total of 23,284 families are still in evacuation centers.
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