VP Robredo postpones release of drug war report after powerful quake


Posted at Dec 16 2019 11:37 AM | Updated as of Dec 16 2019 02:10 PM


Vice President Leni Robredo postponed Monday the release of her report on the government's war on drugs after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck in Davao del Sur, the fifth earthquake above magnitude 6.0 to hit Mindanao since October. 

"Minabuti namin na ipagpaliban muna...Panahon na ito na magkaisa tayo," she said, adding she received word that at least 8 to 10 people were killed in Sunday's quake. 

She urged the public to donate tents and drinking water for affected residents, saying many people in Mindanao have been traumatized by the series of temblors. 

Vice President Leni Robredo shows a copy of a report accomplished during her short stint as the ICAD Co Chairperson, during a press briefing at the Office of the Vice President in Quezon City on December 16, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Speaking to radio DZMM, Robredo said she is still consulting her team on the best time to go to Davao.

"Tinitingnan natin. Unang-una, 'yung gastos, itulong na lang natin. Pangalawa, aasikasuhin pa tayo ng mga opisyal dun. So dapat sana, busy sila ngayon eh. Tantiyahin natin pero ang team natin ay ready kahapon pa. Hinintay lang namin 'yung listahan ng kailangan at ngayon kailangan nila tent at drinking water," she said. 

Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the quake could have been caused by the Tambulan Fault, which has a "low" chance of generating another tremor with a maximum magnitude of 7.2.

Some 442 aftershocks, the strongest of which is magnitude 5.2, have hit the region as of 4 a.m. Monday, he said.