Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said it would do well for Vice President Leni Robredo to show more appreciation of the relief work done by the disaster and social welfare teams instead of complaining about the “slow” government aid in the areas hit by Typhoon Nina.
Abella said the government workers along with some volunteers were already in the areas in the typhoon path even before Nina hit to ensure the delivery of immediate assistance.
“The remark Ms. Robredo made saying that the relief operations were ‘slow’ suggests a cynical political mindset willing to capitalize on disaster. One wished she displayed more appreciation of the work of our disaster officials, our social workers, and other volunteers who were on Ground Zero even before Nina made a landfall,” he said.
He added that as January 4, a total of P182.473 million worth of relief assistance has already been provided to families affected by typhoon in Regions 4-A (CALABARZON), 4-B (MIMAROPA), 5 (Bicol) and 8 (Eastern Visayas), while power had been restored in the Southern Tagalong and Bicol regions before new year.
Robredo drew crticisms for being abroad when the typhoon struck Bicol region which is her bailiwick.
The Vice President, who finally visited Tuesday, said she could not immediately return to the country after typhoon as airlines were fully booked due to the holidays.