President Rodrigo Duterte braved coming close to the center of the battle in Mindanao on Friday (July 7) as a result of he wants to present assist to the troopers preventing the ISIS-inspired Maute group in Marawi City.
Duterte made a surprise visit to the members of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Iligan City with solely his close-in safety and long-time aide, Christopher “Bong” Go.
The President was supposed to go to Marawi City afterwards however known as it off due to dangerous climate.
In an interview with the state-run PTV-Four after his visit, Duterte mentioned he wanted to “show my face” to troopers.
“Di naman pwedeng peace time ka na pumunta. Di naman yung sabihin mo na you place yourself in jeopardy but during the fighting, you should show yourself, that you are one in the desire to protect the republic,” he mentioned.
Duterte beforehand mentioned his visit to Marawi City could be stored from the media till it’s over for safety causes.
The President has been spending most of his time in Mindanao to monitor the battle and the implementation of martial regulation.