TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – In 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan, local name Yolanda, destroyed much of Central Philippines. Now, Tacloban City is getting back on its feet, ready to vote for the country's next leader.
Will the Duterte-Cayetano tandem push the right buttons in a place that has seen the worst of government ineptitude?
Pia Ranada reports:
PIA RANADA, REPORTING: Almost 3 years after super typhoon Yolanda, Rodrigo Duterte is back in Tacloban City.
He was among the first local government officials to come to the city’s aid. Now he needs the city’s help: to get him elected as President of the Philippines.
He recalls flying in with P7 million in assistance and the Davao City emergency response team a few days after Yolanda.
RODRIGO DUTERTE, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I was riding the chopper at the time, day two, it was really in a mess, sabi ko i cried twice. Just walking among, navigating among the dead, when I saw that little boy, alone, yung ibang mga pamilya, hindi ko mapigilian sarili ko sabi ko I cried twice.
(I was riding the chopper at the time, day 2, it was really in a mess. I said I cried twice. Just walking aong, navigating among the dead, when I saw that little boy, other families, I could not stop myself, I cried twice.)
PIA RANADA, REPORTING: Duterte is mobbed in Palo, also a Yolanda-stricken town beside Tacloban. He says a prayer for the storm’s victims in Palo cathedral.
In Tacloban City, a massive crowd listens to him and running mate Alan Peter Cayetano. He hits presidential bet Mar Roxas for mishandling Yolanda relief operations.