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President Duterte satisfied with gov’t response to Typhoon Rosita

President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his satisfaction over the collective response of the local and national government to Typhoon Rosita.

President Duterte said there is still much work to be done, noting the extensive damage caused by the typhoon and the missing persons due to landslides that occurred as Rosita hit the northern part of the country.

“I think that everyone is doing his duty. I’d like to thank you for that,” Duterte said during the situation briefing on Typhoon Rosita at the Hotel Andrea in Cauayan City, Isabela on November 1.

He suggested that typhoon victims be given ready-to-eat food.

Typhoon Rosita (international name Yutu) entered the Philippine area of responsibility on October 30 and ravaged much of Northern and Central Luzon.

Rosita also brought heavy rains and strong winds in some parts of the regions that resulted in flash floods and landslides, leaving more than 30,000 displaced families and at least 15 confirmed casualties, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Also at the post-disaster briefing were Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Eduardo Año, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Health Secretary Francisco Duque, and the local officials of areas affected by the typhoon.

Meanwhile, President Duterte at the same briefing ordered the dismissal of the police cadets involved in the oral sex punishment scandal in the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), after reading the report about the incident.

“I’m warning you and I will never tolerate this kind… hazing. They will be dismissed. I will dismiss you,” Duterte said.

“I have no place for people (like those cadets). You know, you give me a soldier from the PMA (Philippine Military Academy) or the PNPA then you grab them of his dignity. You dehumanize him then he becomes an official… a general and that’s how you treat him,” he added.

“I don’t need that kind of policemen. Not for me, during my time…in my generation…for the next generation of Filipino. You do not train a soldier or a policeman who goes out of the academy with a trauma,” he also said.

President Duterte likewise reminded the police and military of their duty to protect the people and preserve the nation.#