Aquino apologizes for being ‘slow’ in extending help to Yolanda victims

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Thursday, March 13, 2014


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III apologized on Thursday for not being fast in extending assistance to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

The Chief Executive made the apology during his visit to Hope Christian High School in Sta. Cruz, Manila where he had a dialogue with third year high school students.

"I apologize if we couldn't act even faster," Aquino said.

During the dialogue, one of the students who used to study in Tacloban City raised the question on the government's seeming slow action in extending assistance to the victims.

The student said it took three days after Yolanda hit the country on November 8 before his family received relief goods from the government.

The President explained that the magnitude of Yolanda was so huge that even the prepositioned goods by the Department of Social Welfare and Development were also affected.

"So again, very massive. I guess you saw the devastation," he said.

But he stressed that the government tried to do its best to bring immediate assistance to the typhoon survivors after the tragedy. (SDR/Sunnex)

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