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Duterte to visit Ompong-stricken areas


Malacañang on Saturday announced that President Rodrigo Duterte would visit areas devastated by Typhoon Ompong.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque would not provide the locations the president would visit, nor other details of the trips.

"Inaasahan ni presidente iyan. Matapos lang itong bagyo ay lilipad at lilipad diyan ang presidente," said Roque.

However, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, revealed that the president would go on an "aerial inspection" of Tuguegarao, Cagayan and Laoag, Ilocos Norte at around noon Sunday.

Go explained that the president would check the situation and the damage done by the typhoon, after which an "assessment" would be made.

Numerous flights had been cancelled due to Typhoon Ompong, which made landfall over Baggao, Cagayan at 1:40 a.m. on Saturday.

While Ompong had exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) around 9 p.m., PAGASA warned flooding was still possible in low-lying areas and gale warnings were still in place. — Margaret Claire Layug/DVM, GMA News

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