The deadline is just a month away but Pres. Rodrigo Duterte is determined to have all the Yolanda shelters completed and occupied by December 2016 – but while the deadline seems harsh and next to impossible, people should be reminded that the supertyphoon had ravaged the Philippines 3 years ago. This should have given the authorities ample time to finish the shelters by now!
In his official visit to Leyte for the anniversary of Supertyphoon Yolanda, the president expressed dismay over the fact that only a few people are actually living in the bunkhouses; though he refused to put the blame on the previous administration and simply took the blame, apologizing to the Yolanda victims in behalf of the government.
“If these houses are not yet completed next month, just transform them into a crematorium. What am I supposed to say here? Three years has passed and you are just waiting for another typhoon,” the president angrily remarked. “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.”
“You know, we are so underdeveloped (as) a country. That by the nature of the listeners and indolence of some idiots, we become double the underdeveloped, whatever that phrase means,” the president added.
“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 directed Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair Vice President Leni Robredo and presidential assistant for the Visayas Michael Diño to oversee the distribution.
“You know, I rarely shoot people, especially my friends. If you fail to do that…” he joked to Diño. “In the fullness of God’s time, I will be back in December. If they are not transferred (to the shelters), get some land from Bonifacio or Forbes Park.”