Duterte meets families of Ompong victims, gives cash

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 17 2018 08:25 PM | Updated as of Sep 18 2018 03:24 AM

Rescuers retrieve one of the bodies buried under tons of mud in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. 34 people are confirmed killed in the landslide triggered by typhoon Ompong, while dozens more are believed under the mud. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday met with the families of some of the victims of typhoon Ompong in Benguet. 

Duterte distributed P25,000 worth of goods and burial assistance and another P20,000 in cash to the families, according to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

The President met with the victims’ families as the death toll in the Cordilleras in the wake of Ompong’s onslaught reached 54 on Monday.

The death toll could still rise as 42 people from the mining town of Itogon remain missing, and the town's mayor, Victor Palangdan, fears that those missing are already dead.

Palangdan said some of the fatalities opted to stay in their bunkhouses and a chapel near the mining site, leaving them helpless when the landslide occurred at the height of the typhoon’s onslaught.