Robredo to typhoon victims: 'We're with you every step of the way'

Published December 21, 2021, 1:15 PM

by Betheena Unite

Vice President Leni Robredo assured typhoon victims that she and her team will not leave them behind as she called on Filipinos to keep sending help.

Vice President Leni Robredo visits Dinagat Islands on Dec. 19, 2021 to assess how her office can help the heavily-affected province. (Photo courtesy of the OVP)

Amid the devastation the typhoon left the country, Robredo urged the victims to keep holding on as she assured them that “help is coming.”

“‘Wag po sana kayong mawawalan ng pag-asa kasi hindi namin kayo pababayaan. Sama sama po tayong aangat muli. Kaya po natin ito (Please don’t lose hope because we will not abandon you. We will overcome this together),” she said during a Facebook live on Monday, Dec. 20.

She also asked for understanding if other heavily-affected areas are yet to be reached by any relief operation due to communication challenges.

“Ang hirap po ng pag-coordinate, ang hirap po magpadala ng goods, mahirap din po yung land travel ng goods dahil maraming nakasara. So, ano po talaga hinahanap po natin yung lahat na pwedeng paraan para po makarating sa inyo yung tulong (It is really hard to coordinate and to mobilize the goods as land travel is hampered by road closures. So we are really looking for ways to bring assistance to you) as soon as possible,” Robredo explained.

“So ang assurance ko po sa inyo, kasama n’yo kami (So, I assure you that we are with you) in every step of the way. Yung amin pong teams ay hindi hihinto haggang hindi sa inyo makarating (Our teams will not stop until help reaches you),” she added.

The aspiring president also called on Filipinos who are not affected by the disaster, to continue sending help as she hopes that the stories of the victims she shared on her Facebook live will serve as a call to action for the rest of the country.

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“Sa akin po, magpapasko ngayon, ‘wag tayong pumayag na may mga kababayan tayong magpapasko na wala man lang makain, wala man lang matirhan at nawawalan ng pag-asa (Christmas is coming and I hope we don’t let our fellowmen celebrate Christmas with no food, no house, and dwindling hope),” she appealed.

“This is not the time to blame each other,” she added.

Robredo, who is running for the presidency in the 2022 elections, said her office will resume their relief operations on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

She recently visited Bohol, Siargao, Dinagat Islands, and Southern Leyte to assess how her office can assist the heavily-affected provinces.