CLAIM: During the Duterte administration, the Philippines did not need foreign donations during calamities



An X user made the false claim that during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines did not need foreign donations after calamities struck.

X user Manuel Sevilla posted: “Why was it during PRRD administration, all victims of calamities were taken care (sic) of. Not needing donations from any country…” 

There were numerous occasions when countries sent aid to the Philippines after calamities struck.

After Typhoon “Ompong” ravaged the country in September 2018, various countries and international organizations sent aid to the Philippines as shown by a list compiled by Rappler.

In August 2021, Duterte thanked US president Joe Biden and the United States for its vaccine donation to the country.

In December 2021, Duterte told victims of Typhoon “Odette” that he was trying to look for funds for them. He admitted that government coffers had been “immensely depleted.”

“We are trying to raise the money, I was also late (because) I was talking with the budget, alam mo depleted ‘yong budget natin immensely because of the COVID, naubos talaga ‘yong pera natin,” Duterte was quoted as saying by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

One News also reported that relief aid was sent to Philippine communities ravaged by Typhoon Odette from the United States, Japan, China, the European Union, foreign agencies, local business communities and celebrities.  Rommel F. Lopez


PressOne.PH is part of #FactsFirstPH which brings together various sectors that are committed to promoting truth in the public space, and exacting accountability on those who harm it with lies. For those interested to join the initiative, email

PressOne.PH believes that fact-checking is essential to combating misinformation and disinformation, and in informing and educating citizens and voters. Read more of PressOne.PH’s Fact-Checking Policy by clicking here.

The public is welcome to send feedback or requests for fact-checks at



PressOne.PH is a verified signatory of the Code of Principles of the International Fact -Checking Network at Poynter. The code of principles of the IFCN is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking.
If you believe PressOne.PH is violating the Code of Principles of the International Fact-Checking Network, you may submit a complaint directly to the IFCN website: