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Former Gov. Babauta distributes portable stoves, butane canisters, and other relief goods on Rota

INDEPENDENT gubernatorial candidate Juan Nekai Babauta arrived on Rota Thursday to distribute relief goods and visit the victims of Typhoon Mangkhut at the designated shelters.

Babauta, together with campaign committee member Vince Pangelinan, arrived on Rota at 8 a.m. and met with families who lost their homes in the typhoon.

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Independent gubernatorial candidate Juan Nekai Babauta carries a baby as the father looks on  at the Rota Aging Office which served as a shelter for the victims of Typhoon Mangkhut.  Photo by Sen. Paul A. Manglona

The Babauta-Sablan team on Rota continues to monitor the situation of all residents on the island, Babauta said.

“Our representatives there led by Manix Ogo are out and about in the community and reporting to our headquarters on what he sees out there in regards to the damage. Information is also delivered to responsible Commonwealth agencies to ensure quick action,” Babauta said in an interview.

“One of the things that Manix reported to me is that a lot of people lost their outdoor kitchens and now don’t have anything to cook with. So the Babauta-Sablan team, through Manix Ogo, delivered portable gas stoves and butane canisters to those who lost their outdoor kitchens.”

He said he and his running-mate, former Education Commissioner Rita A. Sablan, are with the people of Rota in this time of hardship.

“Life is always hard when you don’t have power and food on the table, so it is going to be rough for a few days. Hopefully, the power will be back soon,” he said adding that it is fortunate that no one was badly hurt.

“The people of Rota are very resilient. They can weather any storm including this one, and they will recover,” he said.

Babauta also commended the U.S. military for helping people remove debris including fallen power poles from public roads.