President Rodrigo Duterte has made good on his phrase to go to Marawi City– and he did so away from the media’s prying eyes.
Wearing navy fatigues, Duterte on Thursday (July 20) visited the troopers in Marawi “amidst the sound of gun and artillery fires on the background”, based on Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Eduardo Año.
He was given the newest Situations Update the continued operations at the Tactical Command Post of Joint Task Force Marawi on the 59th day of insurrection.
Duterte tried to go to Marawi twice since preventing broke out on May 23 however it didn’t push by way of resulting from unhealthy climate.
Colonel Edgard Arevalo, Chief of AFP Public Affairs Office, described Duterte’s go to to the troops as a “great” morale booster for the troopers.
“Not only was it elating for our Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines, it was an unspoken statement of a Commander-in-Chief willing to risk his life and limb just to be with his men at the thick of the conflict”, he mentioned.
Aside from General Año, the President was accompanied by Defense Sec Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., Pres Adviser for Military Affairs Usec Arthur Tabaquero, and Commanding General of the Phil Army LTGen Glorioso Miranda.