“Don’t Fear The Big One Earthquake,” President Duterte Says
President Rodrigo Duterte has advised the public not to be afraid of the big one earthquake and said that we can do nothing about it.
On Thursday (July 13, 2017), Mr. Duterte has visited Ormoc City in Leyte, which was struck by two consecutive powerful earthquakes. He said that the Filipino people have already suffered enough in terms of natural disasters.
The president explained that everybody is always afraid and nervous of the big one earthquake as it is expected by most people. He was referring to the devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake, which predicted to hit Metro Manila and its nearby provinces.
The magnitude 7.2 earthquake will be the result of the irregular movement in the West Valley Fault, which is happening every 400 years and could possibly strike in our generation. He also said that the people can do nothing about this calamity.
“You know, forget it. You better sleep soundly. If it’s your time, it’s your time. Wala ka nang magawa diyan ,” said by Duterte quoted by Manila Bulletin.
Mr. Duterte also said during his short trip in Leyte that the people better pray that the devastating earthquake would strike other territory and not in the Philippines. He also said that the country has already suffered too many calamities.
During Duterte’s meeting with the Cabinet members and local officials in Ormoc City, he apologized for their physical absence and immediate response to the incident after having their focus and attention on the deafening exchange of gun battle between government forces and the Maute Terror Group in Marawi City.
The president also said that they are already doing their best to address the current problem. He also wanted the quick rehabilitation of Ormoc and other quake affected areas and the immediate restoration of the energy.
The Leyte quake has destroyed around 536 houses and damaged 62 others in 12 mountain barangays. There are also some reports stating at least two people died and 41 were injured due to the powerful tremor.
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