Leyte solon recognizes Davao City's help during Yolanda

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Davao City (CNN Philippines) — Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez awarded plaques of appreciation to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the Davao City Council, and Davao City Central 911 for the immediate aid they extended during the onslaught of Typhoon Yoland, internationally known as Haiyan, in 2013.

The awarding took place on Sunday (August 23) during the 30th Kadayawan Festival Sunday (August 23) in Davao City.

The plaques were received by City Administrator Melchor Quitain, Central 911 head Emmanuel Jaldon, and several city councilors.

Duterte was the first local government official to visit Tacloban City after Yolanda, arriving days earlier than President Benigno Aquino III.

Duterte also brought with him financial aid, food assistance, and several vehicles and equipment of the Central 911 that proved helpful in rescuing the typhoon victims.

Asked about the 2016 elections, Romualdez admitted that he would be interested in joining the senatorial lineup of Duterte in case tje latter would decide to run for president.

Asked if he was privy to the discussions between his cousin, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and Duterte regarding a possible tandem, Romualdez said he had heard of the rumor, but admitted the senator had not told him anything about it.