As promised, Vice President Leni Robredo made an impromptu visit to Bohol on Friday, Dec. 17 to assess the situation there after typhoon “Odette” barreled through the province.
She took to Facebook to raise awareness about the current hardships of Boholanos.
“Flew to Bohol the moment we were cleared to fly there post-Odette. Updates have been hard to come by over the past 24 hours, kaya hindi rin tayo mapakali (that’s why we couldn’t sit still). So we went to assess the situation and bring help,” she wrote.
Robredo, the opposition standard-bearer in the coming May 2022 elections, also posted several photos of her visit to give her followers a better glimpse of the situation.
“The whole province has no electricity at solar lights lang ang gumagana (only solar lights are functioning. Many roads are still unpassable, and many areas in the North and East of the province are still flooded. Hindi na nga kami nakatuloy sa isang evacuation center sa Loay dahil baha pa rin (The floods have actually prevented us from reaching an evacuation center in Loay).
“Gov. Art Yap has been leading road-clearing ops with their Tarsier 117 team. Vice Gov. Rene Relampagos and Mayor Baba Yap also on the ground, along with other local officials,” the Vice President narrated.
As to the possible grim details left by the typhoon, Robredo said the numbers are still being collated.
“Sa ngayon, inaalam pa ang (Right now, we’re trying to learn the) extent ng (of the) damage, as well as the death toll, because communication lines are mostly down. We’ll be posting more photos of the damage as documented by the ground team,” she said.
Robredo earlier backed a call from fellow presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao to set aside politics in order to bring proper aid to the victims of Odette.
Meanwhile, President Duterte announced Friday night that he will visit typhoon-stricken areas, including Bohol, this weekend.