Bongbong flies to Visayas, Mindanao to extend help to 'Odette' victims

Published December 19, 2021, 11:34 AM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. flew to Visayas, then Mindanao, on Sunday morning to extend assistance to people affected by Typhoon “Odette.”

Marcos Jr. first visited Maasin City in Southern Leyte at around 9:30 a.m. to turn over P2-million cash and P2.5-million worth of relief goods to the provincial government of Southern Leyte.

He was assisted by the House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez, the campaign manager of his running mate and vice presidential aspirant Sara Duterte-Carpio.


Marcos Jr. was joined by Southern Leyte Gov. Damian Mercado and Maasin Mayor Nikko Mercado.

Then at 11 a.m., the presidential aspirant landed in Butuan City in Mindanao to hand over P7-million worth of cash and goods to victims of “Odette.”

He was accommodated by Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada and Vice Mayor Jose “Joboy” Aquino II.

“We would like to assure our kababayans (fellow countrymen) that help is available. We will work tirelessly until we ensure that all those who need

assistance would be given the same,” Romualdez said.

“We also call on local leaders to reach out, if they can, and coordinate with each other. It is very important that we focus our relief efforts to areas that mostly need our help,” he added.

Marcos and Duterte-Carpio’s camps, jointly called UniTeam alliance, will also visit Bohol and Cebu provinces on Sunday afternoon, their camps said. The two provinces were also hardly hit by the typhoon.

“We have survived worse typhoons, including Super Typhoon Yolanda before and we are currently enduring the pandemic so I am confident that if we continue to work hand-in-hand, we will get through this challenge,” Romualdez added.