President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. joked Monday that he was in Japan after visiting Cavite, one of the provinces hit by severe tropical storm Paeng (international name: Nalgae) over the weekend.
Marcos made the joke a day after the palace dismissed claims the president was in Japan, while Paeng brought heavy rains on Saturday and caused flooding in several areas.
“Welcome to Hokkaido [Japan]!” Marcos said jokingly after a press conference in Cavite.
On Sunday, a restaurant in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, shared photos of the President having lunch there. However, the palace made no official announcement that the President would have lunch at the said restaurant on Sunday.
Pres. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. had lunch at Dawang’s Eatery in Laoag City on Sunday. He was Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc with his son Vinny Marcos and Ilocos Norte.
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In the same news conference, Marcos said there was no need to declare a nationwide state of emergency following the Paeng-caused attack, a decision that contradicts the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council’s recommendation that a nationwide state of emergency be declared a year.
A declaration of the nationwide state of disaster would allow local government entities to tap into the disaster fund to support Paeng-affected communities and impose a price freeze on basic commodities.
“I don’t think it is necessary. I have come to this conclusion in consultation with DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources). Sabi hindi naman kasi extensive. Very highly localized Ang damage,” Marcos said in a press conference.
(They said the damage wasn’t extensive. It was very localized.)
Marcos also said Monday that preventive evacuations and long-term flash flood prevention solutions should be in place to prevent casualties from storms. —KG, GMA News