MANILA (UPDATE) – Loud cheers erupted at a Manila church as residents rendered homeless by a pre-dawn fire near the presidential palace welcomed the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte.
A fire erupted in Barangay 645 before dawn on Wednesday, prompting some of the 400 affected families to immediately take refuge on the road near the Malacañang compound.
“Nangyayari talaga iyan but mabuti na lang walang namatay,” Duterte told the residents temporarily staying at St. Michael and the Archangels Church in Manila, a church just a stone’s throw away from the presidential palace.
(Events like this really happen but the good thing is no one died.)
The President said the government would provide daily food for the families as they adjust to a homeless life.
He also vowed to give P5,000 per family on top of the relief goods which contain food items and sleeping provisions.
Senior Supt. Roel Jeremy Diaz of the Bureau of Fire Protection said the fire reportedly erupted at the house of a certain Oriel Degala, whose house had no power supply. The blaze was put out at 8:30 a.m.
Although no one was killed in the fire, at least two residents were rushed to the hospital after sustaining injuries at the height of the blaze.