President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned that he was awestruck by the bravery of the troopers who have been keen to sacrifice their lives to retake Marawi City from the clutches of Maute and Abu Sayyaf.

In speech throughout a go to to wounded troopers in Cagayan de Oro, Duterte gave the final word tribute to a fellow warrior: “Ako, bilib ako sa inyo. Sasaludo ako. Yes, sir. Ang bigat ninyo.”

While he was the primary to cheer them for eager to return to battle regardless of their wounds, Duterte mentioned he was additionally the primary to really feel grief for many who died.

“I want to just express to them my sincerest condolence. At ako man ang unang nasasaktan diyan. Ako ‘yung Commander-in-Chief ninyo,” he mentioned.

Sixty-five troopers and policemen have died in battle for the reason that terrorists took over Marawi City final May 23. The navy mentioned the warfare of attrition has pressured the terrorists to solely 4 barangays within the metropolis.

Duterte mentioned he needed to go to every of the fallen heroes however he was too busy overseeing the Mindanao disaster.

“Iyong namatay natin mga kapatid, kasama na ‘yung sundalo, gusto kong puntahan isa’t-isa ‘yung mga pamilya pero hindi ko lang talaga kaya kasi busy ako,” he mentioned.