President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to the strife-torn metropolis of Marawi on his first anniversary as head of state is still tentative, Malacañang mentioned Thursday (June 29).
Communications Secretary Marie Banaag, nonetheless, mentioned Duterte still needs to go to Marawi City, like he promised.
“The President wished to make the people of Marawi feel that we are behind them, the government is behind them, and the President has never left Marawi,” she mentioned at a press briefing.
Banaag suggested the media to “wait and see” if Duterte can have different schedules on Friday (June 30).
In a speech Wednesday (June 28), Duterte mentioned he needs to go to Marawi City.
“I will go there and… Eh di kung walang swerte, eh di uwi ako dito cargo rin, C-130. Tutal may Bise Presidente naman, ano ba naman problema natin?” he requested.
The President was initially scheduled to go to the battle zone earlier this month however it was cancelled due to foul climate.
The media was requested not to broadcast the visit forward of Duterte’s arrival however it didn’t push by way of.