Photo from Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday sought a probe into quarrying operations in Guinobatan, Albay, after super typhoon “Rolly” set off landslides of volcanic ash from Mayon Volcano over the weekend.

Duterte met with residents of the province during his aerial inspection of areas ravaged by “Rolly,” which weather bureau Pagasa dubbed as the strongest typhoon in the world this year.

Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go said the residents voiced out their complaints about quarrying activities in the province.

“Papaimbestigahan ng pangulo ang quarrying sa Guinobatan. Nagreklamo ang mga residente,” he said in a message to reporters.

Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Zaldy Co said about 300 houses were buried underground in Albay due to “Rolly.”

On Sunday, Co appealed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to limit mining and quarrying activities near the Mayon Volcano.

Bicol’s Office of Civil Defense reported at least 10 deaths and three missing persons as of Monday morning.

Aside from Guinobatan, Duterte also inspected Tabaco, Albay and Catanduanes from the air.

Albay and Catanduanes suffered the most damage due to “Rolly,” according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The president was criticized for being absent from a Cabinet typhoon briefing on Sunday, prompting netizens to trend the #NasaanAngPangulo hashtag.

Duterte met Cabinet officials for a situation briefing upon landing in Manila. John Ezekiel J. Hirro