President Duterte Visits Earthquake-Stricken Surigao; VP Robredo Is Conducting Ground Assessment Before She Visits

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SURIGAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday pledged P2 billion worth of aid to the survivors of a lethal earthquake in Surigao del Norte.

Duterte made the announcement in a speech before residents of Surigao City, one of the worst-hit areas of the magnitude 6.7 tremor.

The President said the distribution of relief aid in the poverty-stricken province encountered slight delays due to difficulties in getting aircraft as well as damaged infrastructure, particularly Surigao City airport’s runway.

The earthquake that rocked the city on Friday left 6 residents dead and over 100 others injured.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo is set to visit the quake-stricken city early this week.  Her camp said the team just conducted a ground assessment  before her visit.

Her camp wants to make sure the ground in Surigao is stable and that there will be no aftershocks during the VP’s visit. Apparently, the VP has a phobia of earthquakes or any form of ground-shaking.

There are rumors that she has asked FilAm millionaire Loida Nicolas-Lewis to match the P2 billion aid authorized by Duterte.  Will Nicolas-Lewis put her money where her mouth is?

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