Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Duterte recalls Yolanda: One of the saddest in my life

TACLOBAN. President Rodrigo Duterte greets former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. on the sidelines of his attendance to the Sangyaw Festival of Lights held in Tacloban City, Leyte on June 29, 2018. Also in the photo are Senator Cynthia Villar, Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Romualdez and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. (Presidential Photo)

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said his trip to Tacloban City, Leyte a day after Supertyphoon Yolanda leveled the city and wiped out coastal communities was "one of the saddest" in his life.

The President, who was in Tacloban to pay respects to the six police officers killed in a misencounter with Army troopers as well as grace the city's 129th fiesta celebration, deviated from his usual expletive-laden speech and recalled the sorrow he felt in the aftermath of Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in November 2013.

“I do not want to remind you of the sorrow and agony. But I'd like to tell you that the day after, I was here and all that I could