Security woes prevent Duterte visit to flood victims

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 14 2018 03:37 PM

MANILA - Security concerns are preventing President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to flood-affected residents in Metro Manila and nearby areas, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte has been monitoring the flood situation in heavily affected areas since the weekend.

A visit by the President to the affected areas was under consideration, but security issues have prevented this from happening, Roque said.

He added, a third attempt to fly the President over the affected areas via chopper on Tuesday was yet again cancelled due to the inclement weather.

In case the President pushes through with his visit, he does not want it to be made public, Roque said. The President’s top aide, Bong Go, already visited affected residents in Marikina, which saw one of the worst floodings brought by torrential monsoon rains.

“I don’t know if he wants that made public. When he goes around and assist individuals, he really doesn’t want media coverage,” Roque said.

As of Tuesday morning, over 102,315 residents remain in 253 evacuation centers in Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Metro Manila, the government said.