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I'm Here Now, Duterte Tells Critics After Typhoon Rolly. So, 'What's Your Problem?'

'What's your problem?' he adds.
IMAGE Albert Alcain/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via Associated Press
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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday shot back at critics who pointed out his absence at the height of Super Typhoon Rolly. He's back in the Palace, so "What's your problem?"

Duterte said he was with family in Davao City and was unable to fly out on Sunday because of Rolly. "I was just waiting for the typhoon to pass, then lumipad ako. Kung wala kayong patay, okay lang, kami may mga patay kailanagan umuwi kami doon sa amin."

"Pero ngayon nandito na ako, yung nagsabi na wala ako dito, kasi wala, nasa probinsya whats your problem?" he said.

"Do you want me to stand doon sa white sand ni Roy Cimatu just to show that I am here? Kaming lahat wala kasi may bagyo. I was waiting for the tail-end ng bagyo then lumipad ako," he said.

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Duterte spoke at the end of a Cabinet meeting in Malacanang where he also spoke via video conference with officials at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Camp Aguinaldo.

Before that, Duterte checked on relief operations in Guinobatan, Albay, among areas to bear Rolly's peak winds on Sunday. The President monitored the storm's landfall Sunday from Davao City, unable to fly to the capital because of the weather, the Palace earlier said.

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Duterte told officials to prepare for incoming storm, Siony, which is hovering over the country's northeastern coast.

At least 10 people were killed in the aftermath of Rolly, the world's strongest storm so far this year. It lashed the Bicol and Southern Luzon regions with peak maximum sustained winds of 225 kph, enough to qualify as a super typhoon.

This story originally appeared on Reportr.World. Minor edits have been made by Esquiremag.ph editors.

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