Bongbong Marcos after Abra earthquake: ‘Everything that can be done has been done’
MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said Wednesday that “everything that can be done has been done” insofar as the Abra earthquake is concerned while giving assurance that assistance will be extended to victims of the powerful quake.
Marcos made the remark during a press briefing where some government officials gave updates regarding the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Abra and other parts of Luzon on Wednesday morning.
“I think everything that can be done has been done. We have even anticipated the needs of those who have become victims of this very strong earthquake,” Marcos said.
According to Marcos, among his main concerns are power and water supply. Nonetheless, he believes that water and food supply will not be an issue.
“Pag ganito, ang lagi kong inaalala agad ay yung kuryente at tubig. Ang kuryente kailangan sa communication… communications is dependent on availability of power supply,” Marcos said.
“Ang report na nakukuha natin… generally rural area naman ito so hindi siguro dapat maging problema ang water supply ng tao. Pati pagkain dahil ibang-iba naman ito sa bagyo, palagay ko may available na pagkain,” he added.
Marcos said he has yet to receive a report on when power supply will be restored in some areas in Abra, which was the earthquake’s epicenter.
“Sa communication, ang Globe ay may pinadala na, mayroon silang emergency cell site. Ang Smart wala pa kaming narinig ngunit nag-request na kami sa kanila na magtayo na kaagad,” Marcos said.
“Ibalik na agad ang serbisyo dahil lalo na pag disaster, importante na nakakapag-usap kami ng local leaders, nakakausap natin ang mga first responders on the ground,” he added.