I am not satisfied. As a matter of fact, it’s bullshit. I’ll be back here in December and I want all of them transferred to the bunk houses by then.
This was the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte during the commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City as he ordered Leni Robredo to speed up the construction of houses for the victims.
Duterte’s terse remark was in response to the slow pace of rehabilitation after one of the said strongest typhoon left atleast 6,300 Filipinos dead and damaged more than Php 90 billion worth of properties.
While saying that his statements were not meant to offend anybody, Duterte could not hide his displeasure with the red tape and inefficient delivery of government services.
“You know, we are so underdeveloped, a country. That by the nature of the listeners and indolence of some idiots, we become double the underdeveloped, whatever that phrase means,” he said.
“The ‘Yolanda’ relief should have been finished one year after. I do not know where I will start. Is it really the rules which is also to protect the money of the people? Or the people who refuse to do their jobs?” he added.
Duterte, however, declined to blame the previous administration for the problems currently being faced and even chose to apologize for the delay himself.
“What am I supposed to say here? Three years from now have passed and you are just waiting for another typhoon. We hope no one is here when that time comes so we do not have to say I am sorry it has gone to this. Really, I am apologizing to you.
At the end of his speech, Duterte announced that the government will provide P10,000 cash assistance to each family affected by the typhoon.