Vice President Leni Robredo has expressed regret that she pushed through with her trip to the United States over the holiday season while her kababayans in Bicol had to endure the wrath of Typhoon “Nina (Nock-ten).”
Facing reporters in Ocampo, Camarines Sur Tuesday (Jan. 3) after visiting typhoon victims, Robredo said she felt bad that she was out of the country to personally supervise relief efforts for her fellow Bicolanos.
“Nandoon ako na parang ang sama sa loob ko na may nangyayari dito na wala ako. Isang bagay na hindi din ako masaya, siguro marami din tayong ginawa while wala dito, inasikaso ang lahat ng relief, pero iba talaga kasi pag ako mismo ang nandito. Parang nandoon ako pero iyong pakiramdam na dapat nandito ka,” she said.
Typhoon Nina, which battered Bicol on Christmas Day, left six people dead and 19 others missing. The damage it caused is estimated to be worth $80 million.
While the Vice President said the family of her late husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, hold reunions annually, she said it was “unfortunate (malas)” that it was her US-based sister-in-law’s turn to host the gathering last December.
“Ano iyon, talagang medyo malas para sa akin na nangyari ito na wala ako. Siguro kung mababalik lang mas gusto ko na nandito ako,” she said.
Knowing she cannot turn back time, Robredo said she’s “making the best out of the situation” by coordinating relief efforts with her staff while she was in the US and visiting the typhoon victims now that she has returned to the country.