President Duterte to visit ashfall-affected areas, plans to travel by land


MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he plans to visit areas affected by the Taal Volcano eruption today, Tuesday, 14 January 2020.

Duterte already conducted aerial inspection of areas affected by the ashfall during his return to Manila via private plane on Monday.

“Yes, tomorrow mag-ikot ako (make the rounds),” Duterte replied when asked by reporters during Monday’s ambush interview about his plans.

The Chief Executive said he plans to travel by land, saying riding a helicopter would prevent him from going to areas affected by the ashfall brought about by Taal’s explosion on Sunday.

“If I go with a helicopter, hindi ako makaikot. I want to go around. I want to visit all the affected areas,” Duterte pointed out.

However, Duterte was advised by his doctors to be careful about the ashfall that could affect his breathing and his health.

Duterte is known for wearing an air purifier around his neck to improve the quality of air that he breaths.

Earlier, Sen. Bong Go, former Duterte’s special assistant, said the Chief Executive conducted an aerial inspection of nearby areas affected by the ashfall.

Go said Duterte also ordered concerned government agencies to provide necessary assistance to those affected by the volcano’s explosion. (Gerald Alayon/JGo/

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