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After 4 months, Aquino apologizes for slow govt response to Yolanda victims

Posted On 2014 Mar 14
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President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during Jollibee’s Twin Milestone Celebration at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (March 11). The Philippine’s leading fast-food chain continues to expand its reach here and abroad. It recently celebrated two important milestones in its store expansion efforts – the opening of Jollibee’s 800th store in the Philippines in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon and its 100th international store in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Also in photo are JFC chairman and chief executive officer Tony Tan Caktiong, JFC chief operating officer Ernesto Tanmantiong and Jollibee Philippines president Joseph Tanbuntiong. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during Jollibee’s Twin Milestone Celebration at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (March 11). The Philippine’s leading fast-food chain continues to expand its reach here and abroad. It recently celebrated two important milestones in its store expansion efforts – the opening of Jollibee’s 800th store in the Philippines in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon and its 100th international store in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Also in photo are JFC chairman and chief executive officer Tony Tan Caktiong, JFC chief operating officer Ernesto Tanmantiong and Jollibee Philippines president Joseph Tanbuntiong. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – More than four months after super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck the country, President Benigno Aquino III apologized to those affected because the government was not able to come to their aid sooner.

“I apologize that we did not come faster,” Aquino said during an open forum at the Hope Christian High School in Manila.

Aquino’ remark came after a student, who was adopted by Hope Christian High School from typhoon-hit Tacloban City, asked him why the government took three days to reach them.

The President explained that the extent of the damage caused by Yolanda was unprecedented, with four million families and 44 out of 81 provinces affected.

Aside from this, he reiterated his previous statements that the local government system was “not existent” at that time.

“We had to bring in soldiers and policemen,” he said.

Despite this, he said he believes that the government “did everything [that] could be done” given the situation.(MNS)

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