Barangay Kilala, Marawi City
August 4, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talked to the troops of the Tactical Command Post (TCP) Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) at Barangay Kilala in Marawi City.

In his speech, the President expressed his great concern for the soldiers battling the Maute terror group, stressing, “I have to be here because I want you to know that talagang mahal ko kayo.”

He assured the soldiers that they would get the benefits duly allotted for them as they continuously fulfill their commitment in helping the Philippine government reach its objective.

This is the second visit of the Commander-in-Chief to the war-torn city of Marawi since fighting broke out between the government troops and the Maute terror group. His first visit was at the 103rd Infantry (Haribon) Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Kampo Ranao on July 20, 2017.

President Duterte was accompanied by National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon, National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año.

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