Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
June 2, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte visited the 102nd Infantry Brigade (102IB) in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to give inspiration and moral support to the military forces amidst the heightened security efforts being implemented in Mindanao.

In his speech before the men and women of the 102IB, President Duterte asserted that government would win against extremism although losses are inevitable. He said it would take longer because of precautionary measures to assure the safety of civilians during conflicts.

“We are government and we are bound by rules… We are a civilized nation and we have a military, well-disciplined, and we also value human life,” the President said.

He reiterated to the soldiers to perform their duties in order to maintain peace and security in the land, reminding them that he would take full responsibility for their actions.

“You just do your job… I will take full responsibility, legal, and everything else, ako ang sasagot,” he said.

He added, “Protektado ko kayo, I will answer for everything. You just fight and fight. Huwag kayong matakot.”

The Commander-in-Chief promised that he would attend to all of their needs, saying he would give them inspiration and protection during his time as President. He just asked for one thing.

“I am not appealing for a personal loyalty. I just want you to fight for the republic and maintain your loyalty to the constitution,” the President said.

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