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Duterte tries to visit Marawi City anew

Friday, July 07, 2017

MANILA. Military-clad President Rodrigo Duterte tried to visit the war-torn Marawi City on Friday, July 07, but bad weather prevented his group from leaving. (Malacanang photo)

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte attempted to visit strife-torn Marawi City again on Friday, July 7, but decided not to cancel his plan due to "inclement weather," Malacañang said.

A photo sent to Palace reporters by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) showed the Commander-in-Chief wearing the Army's camouflage uniform.

"The President was supposed to go to Marawi City but decided not to push through because of inclement weather," Malacañang said in a statement.

The PCOO said Duterte instead visited the soldiers of the Army's 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Maria Christina village in Iligan City.

The President was accompanied by his security aides and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go.

In a video uploaded on PCOO'S Facebook page, Duterte said he wanted to personally know the situation in Marawi City as his only desire to protect and preserve the country from any terror threats.

"During the fighting, you should show yourself that you are with one with a desire to protect the Republic," he said.

"This is the second time [I tried visiting Marawi]. The last time, I was not able to go in because of the weather. And it happened again today. We were circling many times but we could nit penetrate," he added.

The PCOO said Duterte instead visited the soldiers of the Army's 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Maria Christina village in Iligan City.

Duterte earlier announced his intent to visit Marawi City, which was attacked by Islamist fighters last May 23 in an attempt to establish caliphate for Islamic State extremists in Southeast Asia.

Malacañang has said that Duterte mulled visiting Marawi City to make the affected families feel that "the government is behind them and the President has never left Marawi."

The fighting between government troops and militants, which enters its 45th day on Friday, July 7, resulted in the deaths of 39 civilians, 353 terrorists, and 87 security troops.

The President has expressed optimism that the armed conflict in Marawi City in just a "matter of days," saying the government forces seemed to be "winning" the battle. (SunStar Philippines)


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