Duterte honors troops sent in Marawi: Gov't won't abandon you

"The nation will never neglect heroes of the Republic."

President Rodrigo Duterte assured the troops in Marawi City  that the government will not abandon them.

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In a video message released by the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO), Duterte gave salutations to the troops who had been defending Marawi City against the Maute terrorists.

“I am commending our troops of the Republic of the Philippines on the ground for your relentless effort and determination in our goal to retake the city of Marawi from the Maute Group and other local terrorists,” he said.

He encouraged the troops to carry on until their objective of wiping out the enemies of the state and the people has been achieved.

“I urged you to remain steadfast and alert as martial law in Mindanao will remain in effect to counter the persistent threat of terrorism and insurgency,” he said.

The president promised the fallen soldiers and their families assistance from the government.
“Government assures all the wounded and all the bereaved families that their needs be attended to,” he said.

At present, 84 government trrops were listed that have been killed in the fighting.
“Let us also honor and remember our fallen comrades,” Duterte said. “May their courage and bravery remind us of the sacrifices asked of us as we go about the task of building a peaceful nation.”

Source: InquirerPCOO