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Monday, July 25, 2016

Pres. Duterte boosts soldiers’ morale in Zambo City

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Thursday (July 21) told government troops at the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) that he will “protect” them as long as they are committed in performing their tasks particularly in protecting the city and the neighboring areas in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

“Hindi ko kayo pababayaan,” said President Duterte to troops gathered at the Wesmincom Gym Thursday past 6 in the evening.

Currently, the AFP is relentless in its operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan and Jolo provinces.

The President urged the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) here to remain committed and support the government. “Do your duty not for me but for the love of your country,” he said.

At noon Thursday, President Duterte arrived at Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) Zamboanga City and met with Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar briefly prior to his departure for Isabela City, Basilan.

With the President were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya, Wesmincom commander Gen. Mayoralgo de la Cruz, and other high-ranking military officials.

According to Mayor Climaco-Salazar, President Duterte discussed security matters and other city concerns. “The President has ordered the military and police to reinforce security measures in Zamboanga City amidst the diverse challenges besetting the city and the neighboring areas,” the mayor said.

President Duterte arrived in Isabela City to visit the 104th Brigade of the Philippine Army at around 2 in the afternoon where he met with military and police officials, and local government officials including Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman.

The President also met with internally-displaced persons (IDPs) due to the on-going military operations against the ASG.

He arrived at the Wesmincom  around 4 in the afternoon, and met with AFP and PNP officials for a 2-hour closed-door security conference. Also in the conference was Congressman Celso Lobregat.

President Duterte left Wesmincom for EAAB at around 7 in the evening for his flight to Davao City.