Mas OK sa Marawi kesa kay Marcos! Duterte visits troops in battle zone for 4th time
President Rodrigo Duterte visited Marawi City for the fourth time Monday (September 11), choosing to mingle with the troops than attend the commemoration of dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birthday in Manila.
Malacañang said the President visited the Grand Islamic Mosque and Mapandi Bridge, which used to be under the control of the terrorist Maute group.
He also personally checked on the troops who are fighting the terrorists.
Duterte arrived about 2 p.m., together with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, AFP chief Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go.
The visit marks the fourth time he was in Marawi City after fighting erupted on May 23.
After visiting the main battle area and holding a command conference, Duterte addressed the troops and gave them goods and watches. He also gave some soldiers cigarettes.
“ I will not stop you kasi under stress kayo,” he said.
The President also promised a trip to Hong Kong tour to all women assigned to Marawi after the crisis.
Before leaving, Duterte gave a snappy salute to the soldiers.
The Palace earlier said Duterte will not be attending the commemoration of Marcos’ centennial birth anniversary at the Libingan ng mga Bayani because he will be in Davao City.
Just like in his previous visits, the President’s fourth visit to Marawi was not reported to the media until after it was over.
Duterte first visited the city on July 20, when Mapandi Bridge was regained. This was followed by visits on August 4 and 24.