President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to visit the wake of the 15 fallen soldiers on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City. The 15 fallen soldiers that included a junior officer were killed in an intense firefight against 120 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) brigands on Monday in Barangay Maligay, Patikul, Sulu. Ten others were wounded in the same firefight.
The wake of the fallen soldiers is at the gymnasium of Camp Navarro that houses the headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) in this city.
The President is set to plane in from Manila after lunch. He will proceed to Camp Navarro to pay his last respect to the fallen soldiers.
President Duterte, after the wake visit, will visit the wounded soldiers admitted at the Camp Navarro General Hospital and at a private hospital.
The President will meet with the top military officials to get first hand information on the ongoing focus military operations against the ASG brigands in Sulu.
The focus military operations have been ongoing against the bandit group since Aug. 26, a day after the brigands beheaded 18-year-old Patrick Jhames Almodavar.
Additional forces have been deployed to continuously pursue the ASG brigands in the hinterlands of Sulu.
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