President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday said he believed the Philippines might have gotten “lucky” as it did not suffer widespread damage due to typhoon “Karding.”

The president also lauded the state weather bureau and other disaster preparedness agencies for helping the country prepare for the typhoon.

“I think we may have gotten lucky at least this time, a little bit. But I think it’s clear from this – from what we did these last two days is that very, very important is preparation,” he said in a situation briefing at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) quarters in Quezon City.

According to the NDRRMC, 1,208 families were affected by the typhoon.

The president said there was no such thing as preparation overkill as he praised the government’s disaster preparedness efforts.

“Between… And I think kung tingnan natin kaya ‘yung preemptive evacuation kaya naging successful ‘yan dahil ka-partner natin nang mabuti ‘yung LGU kasi sila ang magaling gumawa diyan eh na para sabihin sa tao nila na lumipat na sila at may bagyong parating,” he said.

“You might think that we overdid it. There’s no such thing as overkill when it comes to disaster. So tama ito, you put everything in place. Mabuti na ‘yung sobra kaysa sa kulang,” he said.

In several Luzon regions, Signal No. 5 was raised during the height of Karding’s onslaught. John Ezekiel J. Hirro