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)