By Eugene Y. Adiong | The Manila Times
BACOLOD CITY: Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio arrived here on Monday and distributed over P2 million in cash and P1.8 million worth of food supply to victims of Typhoon "Odette".
The former senator was met at the Bacolod-Silay Airport by Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer and 14 city and municipal mayors.
"We are doing everything we can, that is why we are here. You are in our thoughts and prayers that's why we are here," Marcos said in his message to the typhoon victims.
Marcos was later joined by Duterte-Carpio at the airport who arrived ahead of the former in the province.
The assistance is intended for local government units in the 5th and 6th districts of the province, the areas worst hit by Typhoon Odette, the strongest to hit the country this year.
Ferrer said an additional 2,000 bags of rice from Marcos and Duterte-Carpio will arrive here on today, December 22.
Marcos said that the typhoon victims need potable water and promised to provide them with filtration systems.
Marcos also cited the overwhelming support shown by the mayors and other local officials in Negros Occidental.
"It is a big thing and it is encouraging," Marcos said. "We are still working very hard in the campaign. We need your support."
Asked about his position on the revival of the Negros Island Region Marcos said he will push for the "reorganization and restructuring of the two Negros provinces rather than creating a new region."
Duterte-Carpio, meanwhile, said they brought cash and food because these are the immediate needs of the typhoon victims.
Luis "Chavit" Singson, president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, also arrived with Marcos and handed out financial support.
Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, who is also running for president, arrived in the province on Tuesday.
Robredo assured continuing assistance to the victims of Typhoon Odette in the province during her visit in Kabankalan City and Himamaylan City on Tuesday.
Robredo was joined by actress and TV host Kris Aquino during the initial and ceremonial distribution of relief assistance.
"It's continuing assistance until there are typhoon victims who need it not only in Kabankalan and Himamaylan but in other neighboring areas too," Robredo said.
"I personally came to make them feel that I am with them and they are not alone in this time that they are coping up from the devastation of the typhoon. I know that they are going through a very difficult situation. We don't have any agenda here except to help."