MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday thanked supporters who heeded her call to donate goods for the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.
"Andito po tayo ngayon nagre-repack ng goods. Ito pong goods na nakikita niyo dito sa paligid, lahat ito ay donated by private citizens," she said in a live video posted on her official Facebook page.
(We are repacking goods. All of them are donated by private citizens.)
The donations included water bottles, mattresses, blankets, toiletries and cookies, she said.
Robredo said she went to Batangas on Tuesday to assess the situation on the ground.
"Tiningnan natin ang mga kailangan do'n. Pinost natin sa Facebook. In 1 day, dumagsa dito ang mga donation," she said.
(We looked into their needs. We posted it on Facebook and in just 1 day, the donations came pouring in.)
Toward the end of the video, Robredo smiled and pointed to a label in a box behind her.
Robredo's live video was posted hours after she called out the Facebook page Mocha Uson Blog, which is owned by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration deputy executive director of the Mocha Uson, for supposedly spreading fake news.
Uson, who commands 5.6 million Facebook followers, had criticized Robredo for supposedly prioritizing publicity stunts.
Several areas in Batangas were heavily damaged from the eruption and swarm of volcanic tremors.
As of Thursday, Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4 in a 5-step alert level crisis, which means that a “hazardous” eruption is possible within “hours to days."