Duterte to visit Albay evacuees as Mayon continues to rumble


Posted at Jan 27 2018 12:27 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2018 04:32 PM

Residents who had to leave their homes amid the Mayon Volcano's continuing activity seen here in an evacuation center in Legazpi City, Albay, January 26, 2018. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

DAVAO CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he would soon fly to Albay to check on residents affected by the continuing activity of the Mayon Volcano.

"Magpunta ako. I'll decide tomorrow. I will take a rest for a day or two to go to Mayon," Duterte told reporters in Davao City before dawn Saturday, when he arrived from his 2-day official visit in India.

"Kung tao lang 'yan (Mayon Volcano), sisipain ko 'yan. Pumutok ka na para tapos. No more view," Duterte said in jest.

The Mayon Volcano is still under alert level 4, the second highest in a five-tier alert system, as it continues to spew lava and ash. Authorities say a hazardous eruption is still possible. 

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warned early Saturday that rain showers brought by the tail-end of a cold front affecting Luzon may wash lava and ash down Mayon's slopes that could trigger lahar flow. 

On Friday, disaster officials said government is preparing for a three-month emergency if the volcano would remain restive and keep residents out if their homes.

Government is providing relief to some 81,000 individuals displaced by Mayon's activity, which began two weeks ago. 

-- with a report from Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News