Worried Duterte to visit typhoon-stricken provinces

Published December 17, 2021, 6:39 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

President Duterte will visit the various areas affected by typhoon “Odette” this weekend.

WORRIED–President Rodrigo Duterte expresses his concern over the state of his coutnyrmen in typhoon-stricken areas during a briefing on Dec. 17, 2021 (Screenshot from Facebook live)

The rather distraught-looking Chief Executive made this announcement himself on early Friday evening, Dec. 17 during a virtual briefing on the typhoon in Malacañang with his disaster-mitigation officials.

“I’m flying tomorrow (Saturday) to the area [Siargao]. Also I would hit, maybe Leyte, Surigao, and there’s enough time, Bohol. Then day (Sunday) after I would try to visit Cebu then dito sa eastern side of the islands– Bacolod, Iloilo,” Duterte said.

“I’m not so much worried about damage to structures, infrastructures of government. Ang takot ko is maraming namatay (My only concern are the fatalities). I am as eager as you to go there to see for myself,” the President said.

Siargao was among the first provinces in the south that Odette made landfall on this past Thursday.