PRRD enters Marawi battle zone PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 August 2017 16:41

Even the heavy rain could not stop the Commander in Chief in visiting his troops in the frontline yesterday.

Days after troops successfully gained strategic structures previously held by the Daesh-inspired group, President Rodrigo RoaDuterte entered the main battle area and visited the soldiers and policemen fighting in Marawi City.

The Commander-in-Chief arrived 30 minutes past 4 in the afternoon yesterday, bringing G-Shock watches and goods for the engaged soldiers.

He was welcomed by Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command; Brigadier General Rolando Bautista, Commander of the Joint Task Force Marawi; Major General Pamonag, Commander of the Special Operations Command; Brigadier General Ramiro Rey, Commander of the Joint Task Force Ranao; and other ground commanders.

In his message to the troops, the president said he wanted them to stay alive and “practice caution until the end of the war.”

“Malapitnaitongmatapos, kontingtiisnalang. Just make sure nabuhay kayo pagnatapositonggyeranaito,” he told around 300 soldiers and policemen who excitedly listened to him.

He met with ground commanders, including battalion and company commanders who are in the main battle area, to show them that he is, all the way, with them in this fight.

The President also vowed to put up 50 billion trust fund for the soldier’s and policemen’s dependents.

Scholarship grants will also be accorded to the children of all uniformed men, added the President.

President Duterte left an hour after, but soldiers were all smiles after meeting and seeing personally their Commander-in-Chief.

While getting drenched in the rain, he spent about 20 minutes taking selfies and groupies with the troops before he left the vicinity.

He was accompanied by National Security Adviser HermogenesEsperonJr; Defense Secretary DelfinLorenzana; AFP Chief of Staff, General Eduardo Ano; the Army Chief, Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda; the Flag Officer in Command, Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph S Mercado; and the Airforce Chief, Lieutenant General Edgar R Fallorina during the visit. (PR)