- President Rodrigo Duterte touched upon the topic of deforestation during his Tuesday public briefing
- He said that the average Filipino cannot afford a concrete house, hence, almost everyone out there would use wood
- He then said that he would use the word that is understood by all, "squatters" and subsequently stated that they would use wood because it's the cheapest building material
- "Yang mga squatters, puro kahoy 'yan. Bibili ýan including coconut wood..."
Aside from the things that President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned about Vice President Leni Robredo, the president also turned his eyes towards the deforestation in the country.
Duterte said during a briefing with Cabinet officials on Tuesday night that poor communities in farms would cut down trees and would use the wood to build their homes. This, according to the President, is one of the causes deforestation.
"Yong average Pilipino, they cannot afford a concrete house so halos lahat dyan, let us use the word being understood by all, ‘yang mga squatters, puro kahoy ‘yan. Bibili ‘yan including coconut wood," said the President as per GMA News.
As per Ted Failon, on News5's report, the President further elaborated and blamed the poor in the mountains. He also said, "Ang problema niyan sa bukid talagang magpuputol ‘yan ng kahoy because ang mga Pilipino, ‘yan lang."
“Magtatayo ng bahay, and the temptation to cut the trees and bring it there to the lower land ay really to build houses, kaya ‘di ‘yan mawawala,” he further said based on Abante's report.
He also said that he is in a quandary on how to solve the problem of illegal logging in the country.
Previously VP Leni Robredo shared a video clip of people dropping off donations at their office. Many netizens commended the bayanihan spirit that reigns in the hearts of Pinoys.
When the President accused her of saying or asking where he was, VP Leni hit back that she did not say such words and that they are tirelessly working to help the victims of the flood. It could be remembered that it was the OVP that initially made actions to help the people in Cagayan.
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