De Lima prays for families affected by Taal volcano eruption, calls for help from gov’t and private citizens


MANILA, Philippines — Opposition Senator Leila De Lima prayed for the victims of Taal Volcano eruption, as she called on the government and fellow Filipinos for help.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Batangas, Cavite, Laguna and nearby areas who are severely affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano,” said De Lima on a statement Tuesday.

“We call on our government and our fellow Filipinos: Let us extend the help and assistance we can send to them — food, water, medicine, and other basic necessities — soon,” said De Lima.

De Lima also admired fellow citizens who have already extended help to the victims.

“We salute our fellow citizens who are willing to be generous. In their own small way, they provide so much strength, joy and hope for many to rise up and survive the disaster. From those waiting on the road to splash water on dirty and foggy mirrors of the ashes to escape the disasters, to those who give free masks, to churches and offices that open the door to shelter refugees, and to the volunteers and staff of our government regardless of the danger of caring for and helping our fellow citizens, thank you so much for your sacrifice, compassion and dedication,” De Lima said.

With calamities like typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently happening in our country, De Lima  reiterated her  call for the passage of my proposed Senate Bill No. 1123, which seeks to provide a five-day special emergency leave for all workers in the public and private sector directly affected by natural disasters.

“Obviously: In these unforeseen circumstances, our people need ample time to focus on family safety, and even begin to recover from any deluge,” said De Lima.

“Please keep praying for our affected countrymen. Let us once again show our resilience as Filipinos and strengthen our faith to never waver during these challenging times.  Let’s all be careful …,” she also said. (STACY ANG/IAMIGO/

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