A Filipino-American youtuber Bretman Rock calls out Philippine Government for the lack of response to his hometown in Cagayan Valley.
A 22-year-old Filipino-American youtuber and influencer Bretman Rock took on social media last November 4, 2020 to raise awareness about the situation of his hometown in Cagayan who was submerged underwater due to Typhoon Ulysses. And to call out the government’s response to the disaster happened.
He posted on his twitter saying,” Praying for my Home Town in the Philippines, we were struck with 4 typhoons and childhood home is literally submerged underwater… I know there are so many things happening in the world right now but I just thought I would bring some awareness to this #prayforcagayan.”
He also went on his Instagram Stories talking about the situation in his hometown.
He stated, “I grew up there and so the past couple of days, they have been struck by many typhoons and I know there’s more on the way and my town us literally submerged underwater… I’ve been seeing a lot of videos on Twitter literally crying and begging for help and it’s just so crazy to me because those are literally my people, people I grew up around, and people from my town.
Before I went on set today I was crying and crying because I just couldn’t fathom how crazy it must be at home.”
He’s not asking for any donations from his fans and followers but to just raise awareness.
He also added, “I don’t think that I should be praised for somethingnthat I should be doing. I mean, I grew up there and I really would not be the person that I am today without being there.”
Bretman then called out the government’s response to the disaster happened, “What’s really interesting about that is that government in the Philippiness is not doing anything about it.”
“I don’t wanna get in trouble but the government is really acting like nothing is going on and it’s just crazy to me, honestly. That’s all I’m gonna say ‘cos I don’t wanna get in trouble,”he added.
The provincial government of Cagayan gives immediate response to the residents affected by the floodwaters, but because of the situation and the strong current of water with the current of voltage along with it made the operations difficult. Lack of equipments and manpower was also one of the problems that made the rescue and operations last Friday night, November 13 slower. People climbed to their roofs to avoid the rising of floodwaters.
Despite of the criticisms on government response to the disaster happened in Cagayan, Malacañang enumerated the rescue and operations made by the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police, and the Armed Forces of The Philippines in Cagayan and Isabela.