Leni Robredo

OVP deploys teams to help rescue Maring victims in Northern Luzon

Mara Cepeda
OVP deploys teams to help rescue Maring victims in Northern Luzon

AID FOR THOSE IN NEED. Boxes and sacks of relief goods can be seen behind Vice President Leni Robredo as she delivers a speech about the government's pandemic response in August 2021.

Vice President Leni Robredo's Facebook page

Similar to her efforts when Typhoon Ulysses ravaged parts of the country in 2020, Vice President Leni Robredo is closely coordinating with the military and the police for the rescue operations

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has deployed teams to help in the relief and rescue operations in Northern Luzon provinces affected by the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Maring

As reports started coming in about the intense flooding caused by Maring past midnight on Tuesday, October 12, Vice President Leni Robredo tweeted that she had formed two teams that were ready assist and rescue residents in Cagayan, Isabela, Benguet, and La Union. 

“We have formed two teams already to assist those needing help in Cagayan/Isabela and in Benguet/La Union. Ready to deploy our teams already to provide relief assistance but we need help from those who have equipment for rescue ops,” Robredo said at 12:49 am.

Similar to her efforts when Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) ravaged parts of Luzon in November 2020, Robredo closely coordinated with the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the rescue operations.

She also used her Twitter account to ensure that the necessary equipment for the rescue operations like rubber boats were given to the teams on the ground. 

Robredo then spent the next hour replying to Twitter users who identified people in need of rescue or who offered the equipment that her rescue teams needed.

The Vice President relayed information on residents trapped by the floods to nearby emergency responders. 

“We’re forwarding all the calls for help to the teams on the ground,” said Robredo.

These are scenes reminiscent of the time the Vice President outshone President Rodrigo Duterte himself when Typhoon Ulysses caused massive flooding in the Cagayan province in the wee hours of the morning on November 13, 2020.

For several hours that day, Robredo’s Twitter account became the main source of information for Ulysses updates.

Robredo’s actions later upset Duterte, who spewed one lie after another and accused her of “competing” with him – allegations that Robredo quickly debunked. She told Duterte then that he was being fed the wrong information, then resumed her relief operations

Robredo, who has been a critic of the Duterte administration’s incompetent pandemic response efforts and abusive policies, is running for president 2022 elections. – Rappler.com

Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or tweet @maracepeda.