Despite threats on his health, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte showed eagerness in visiting the areas affected by the phreatic eruption of the Taal volcano today, January 14.
“Tomorrow, mag-ikot-ikot ako. I want to go around…” the President said in a chance interview during his visit to the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.
On Monday, Duterte flew back to Manila shortly after the Taal rumble. Together with Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, they conducted an aerial inspection over areas affected by the Taal eruption.
The senator said that President Duterte is worried by the effects of the eruption, especially since it paralyzed government work and the operations of some businesses in the Philippines.
“Kapag paralyzed ang businesses, paralyzed ang trabaho, paralyzed and negosyo, malaking kawalan iyon sa ating bayan,” Go explained.
According to PHIVOLCS, Taal Volcano is still expected to spew fiery ashfalls. However, a fierce Duterte said, “Kainin ko pa yang ashfall na ‘yan. pati ‘yang Taal na ‘yan, ihian ko ‘yan, ‘yang bwisit na ‘yan.”
“Pag hindi nyo ako nakita sa daan, sa bangin nyo na ako hanapin,” he added.
Duterte also directed all government agencies to monitor the situation around Taal and to be prepared to provide assistance to affected residents.
“I will give financial (assistance)…Meron tayong pera, kung tulong lang, meron tayong pera, kaya hindi natin uubusin sa corruption,” he noted.
A total of 35,945 persons or 7,730 families have been temporarily displaced and evacuated in centers from 27 cities and municipalities of Batangas following the Taal Volcano eruption, according to the Office of Civil Defense in Region IV-A on Monday.