MANILA — Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday admitted that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time when typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-Ten) walloped Bicol Region, her bailiwick and several parts of the country on Christmas day.
She said that she “felt really bad” while she was in the Unites States while Nina battered Visayas and Bicol Region.
Robredo said her family decided to cut short their trip and decided to return to Manila, but they run out of luck when they found it hard to book return tickets on peak season.
She explained that their scheduled return flight is January 4 but they were able to get tickets for New Year’s Eve.
She said they have tried all available airlines bound for Manila but looking for five tickets gives them headache. She was accompanied by her three daughters and her 80-year-old grandmother.
The vice president said her physical absence from relief operations at the height of the Christmas typhoon was just a case of “bad timing.”
“It was just a case of bad timing,” she pointed out.
She even recalled that she is always present assisting needy Bicolanos every time a typhoon hits their region even when she was still a private citizen.
She stressed that anyone can asked her constituents who will attests that she is always present during onslaught of typhoons.
She emphasized that the Office of the Vice President announced that Robredo helped in “coordinating relief from the US,” she admitted that it was not enough.
“Paglapag ko lang sa US nung pumunta ako, inareglo ko na kaagad yung relief operations… Pero iba din kasi kung ako mismo yung andito,” Robredo lamented. PNA-northboundasia.com