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VP Leni Robredo’s never-ending efforts prove why she deserves to be president, netizens say

She reported that rescue operations were happening at the Marigold and Estrella Heights subdivisions in Rodriguez, Rizal on Thursday.

Rescue efforts have been once again carried out by the Office of the Vice President (OVP) for people affected by Typhoon Ulysses.

On Twitter, Vice President Leni Robredo requested for rubber boats be handed over to LGUs “overwhelmed” with rescue calls.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi offered to lend two rubber and was thanked by Robredo, who asked for more who do the same.

She reported that rescue operations were happening at the Marigold and Estrella Heights subdivisions in Rodriguez, Rizal on Thursday.

Another report said that the Army and Air Force personnel helped rescuers save a stroke patient who was eventually administered oxygen before being brought to the hospital.

Robredo said “many people were trapped by floodwaters inside their houses” in Bicol, which was just recently destroyed by Typhoon Rolly.

“Complaints that they were not warned enough. Same thing is happening here now -Marikina, Rizal, etc,” Robredo said.

Meanwhile in Camarines Norte, two have already lost their lives, four are missing, and eight more are injured. The number of casualties could go up as time goes on.

More than ten areas in Luzon are under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2.

PAGASA  said Typhoon Ulysses just passed by the West Philippine Sea.

Netizens praised Robredo for always being there when needed by the Filipino people.

At the same time, they criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for being late again with his briefings on calamities.

The cyclone already caused damage in various parts of Luzon before Duterte addressed the nation.

#NasaanAngPangulo trended once more on Twitter. The first time it trended was when Duterte and Cabinet members were absent during a briefing on Typhoon Rolly.

In a briefing on Thursday, Duterte said if he could, he’d swim in the flooded areas just so he can visit the ones affected but soldiers wouldn’t let him.

“Gusto kong lumabas, gusto kong lumangoy; matagal na akong hindi naligo eh. Kaya lang, ayaw nitong mga sundalo. Sila ang ayaw maligo, ibig sabihin,” he said.

His remarks came off as callous to some.

Ria Atayde said that it is more important for Duterte to have a plan than to just be present in the public eye.

Netizens point out that the Duterte administration never really had plans on helping the people.

More and more are now convinced that Robredo would do a better job leading the country than the president.

Duterte has been subjected to memes and jokes about him sleeping all the time. But according to him on Thursday, the government is not even sleeping because of Typhoon Ulysses.

“Wala kaming tulog dito,” he said in response to critics questioning the government’s lack of action amid the calamity.

“May mga nagsasabi na walang ginagawa, natutulog, wala kaming tulog dito,” he added.

He assured the public that the government is ready to provide relief, rescue, and necessary help to families affected.

“From the beginning, various government agencies have already been mobilized to respond to the situation on the ground,” he said.

“As President, I guarantee you that your government will do its best to provide assistance in the form of shelters, relief goods, financial aid, and post-disaster counseling. Rest assured the government will not leave anybody behind. We will get through this crisis, I assure you,” he added.

Also on Thursday, Duterte, along with Sen. Bong Go, conducted an aerial survey over the typhoon-hit areas.

They inspected the flooded areas of Marikina City, Montalban and Rodriguez in Rizal at around 3 pm.

Go said Duterte ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Coast Guard to prepare for rescues.

Inatasan rin ng Pangulo ang lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno na tugunan ang lahat ng pangangailangan ng mga kababayan natin. Naka-monitor po siya sa lahat ng mga pangyayari,” he told the media.

Written by paulie walnuts

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