President Rodrigo Duterte visited the embattled Marawi City on September 11. This is the fourth time the President who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) visited the city since the battle against terrorists started.
The President went to the Grand Mosque which has been recently retaken by the government troops from the clutches of the terrorists Maute Group after three months of relentless skirmish.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año, Philippine Army Chief Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go joined the President.
Duterte also distributed some some supplies to front-line troops.
“Tapusin natin ‘to, tapos bakasyon muna kayo,” he said in his speech at the Battleground Command Post.