Pres. Duterte to visit areas affected by Taal Volcano Eruption Despite Against Doctor’s Advice
President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit areas affected by Taal Volcano today, Tuesday, despite it is against in his doctor’s advice.
In an interview after his speech in Fort Bonifacio Monday night, Duterte said he will go to affected areas in Batangas on Tuesday. He told reporters that he would give financial assistance to the residents affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.
The President even tried to make a joke of his doctor’s advice for him not to visit areas affected by the volcano’s eruption because of the dangers associated with breathing the sulfur ashfall, among other things.
“Kainin ko pa ‘yang ashfall na ‘yan. Pati ‘yang Taal, ihian ko pa ‘yan,” he said, assuring reporters he is healthy enough to go around Batangas.
He said that soldiers, including the Marines, have already been sent to the area to help out since the explosion on Sunday, and that there were also supplies given. He also ordered the free distribution of N95 masks and warned businesses against hoarding the masks.
On Monday, Duterte accompanied by his former long-time aide, now Senator Christopher “Bong” Go flew over areas affected by the volcano’s eruption, en route from Davao City to Manila, as the President said he wanted to see the condition of these areas.
His plane was the first to land at the airport in Manila since flight operations were closed on Sunday and Monday morning due to the Taal volcano’s intense activities.
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