Duterte declares entire Luzon under state of calamity

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the entire Luzon under a state of calamity, heeding the proposal of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in the wake of three typhoons that battered the country’s largest island.

“Last night I think, I signed the proclamation,” Duterte said in a taped speech aired on Tuesday night.

The NDRRMC recommended on Monday the declaration of a state of calamity due to the damage brought by three typhoons — Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses.

The declaration will allow local government units to access quick response funds during emergency situations.

At least 73 people reportedly died due to Ty…

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