President Rodrigo Duterte conducted an aerial inspection over areas affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano in Batangas before arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on Monday, Jan. 13.
Sen. Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, who accompanied President Duterte during the aerial inspection, said that the Chief Executive wanted to see the situation around Taal Volcano.
“Inikutan niya. Tinignan niya rin yung Metro Manila,” Go said during an interview with DZRH.
The senator said that President Duterte is worried by the effects of the eruption of Taal Volcano, 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.
“Hindi lang kalusugan ang tinatamaan pati rin yung negosyo, araw-araw na aktibidad ng ating mga kababayan ay apektado dahil karamihan ay walang pasok. Yung mga establishment ay napipilitan magsara,” he added.
Go said that President Duterte has directed all government agencies to monitor the situation around Taal and to be be prepared to provide assistance to affected residents.
The lawmaker mentioned that the plane carrying President Duterte was the first to land at NAIA since the airport suspended flight operations on Sunday, Jan. 12, due to ash coming from the said volcano.
Go said that they deboarded at the middle of the runway and not at the airport apron due to ash.