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The Manila Times : BBM commits to help 'Odette' victims

News & Interviews
3 January 2022

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has assured the victims of Typhoon Odette (international name: "Rai") in the Visayas and Mindanao that he would help them rebuild their damaged communities.

The candidate for president in the May 2022 national elections said he sympathized with the people who lost their homes and his main concern at the moment was to help them get back on their feet.

"Pangako ko sa inyo na magkakaroon tayo ng (I promise that we will have) reconstruction. Lahat ng tulong na kailangan ibibigay natin (We will give all the help that is needed)," Marcos Jr. said.

"Huwag kayong mawalan ng pag-asa, at huwag panghinaan ng loob dahil maraming tao ang laging handang tumulong sa inyo (Don't lose hope, and don't be disheartened because there are many people who are always ready to help all of you)," he said.

The presidential aspirant also thanked all the volunteers and donors, who responded to his earlier call to immediately deliver aid to typhoon victims.

He said his team had brought slippers, rice and relief goods in areas devastated by the typhoon.

Marcos Jr. said he provided rice and cash to typhoon victims in Puerto Princesa City, in Palawan and other provinces devastated by "Odette."

"What we need now are construction materials [in order that] the people can repair their homes. That's what we'll try to provide when we return here [to Palawan]," he said.

While the arrival of the ship carrying aid to the typhoon victims in Palawan was delayed due to bad weather, Marcos Jr. said it didn't hinder his plans and commitment to bring in the necessary construction materials in an effort to help those who were displaced during the typhoon.

Meanwhile, Marcos Jr.'s running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, guaranteed that the distribution of relief goods in the affected areas would continue, including the construction materials, which she hoped would start pouring in from various sectors.

"We have different sources of donation. Mayroon pong galing sa mga (Some came from) governors," she said.

Some came from the provincial government of Davao Occidental, the Davao City government, the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats and "from Bongbong Marcos," the presidential daughter said.

Duterte-Carpio said she and Marcos would do "our best to help you get by in your most trying moments and will always pray that we rise with our heads held high from this adversity."