AN ANONYMOUS donor will grant P1 million each for the families of policemen and soldiers slain in the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Monday.
Duterte made the announcement during the turnover of financial assistance from Go Negosyo Kapatid held Monday night at Palace's Heroes Hall.
Duterte said he knew the identity of the rich donor but the latter refused to be named.
"There's a rich person, whose name does not want to be mentioned, promised to grant P1 million each for you," Duterte told the families of killed security forces who also graced the ceremonial turn-over rites of cash assistance.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that as of July 25, there have been 111 government casualties recorded in the ongoing battle between security forces and Maute terrorist group.
In his speech, Duterte condoled with the families of slain troops who died fighting for the liberation of the war-torn Marawi City.
"I know that no amount could equal the precious lives of your loved ones. May you find solace in the fact that the whole nation condoles with you in these trying times," the President said.
"Our troops knew of the danger that they will face upon the venture into the war zone. Still they bravely took up the challenge so that they can bring peace and liberation to the besieged city. The Philippines will forever be grateful for their heroism," he added.
Duterte also lauded the Go Negosyo Kapatid for their "tireless efforts" in helping the government in its bid to restore peace and order in Marawi City.
Mindanao has been placed under martial law until the end of December this year to enable to completely quell the rebellion of Maute rebels.
The Chief Executive said the fight against Maute group will be relentless.
He then called on his security personnel to ensure their safety and security amid the armed conflict in Marawi.
"There will be no reconciliation with Maute. There will be no talks, even a whisper. We will not stop fighting. I want you all dead. Fair is fair. Our troops are killed, and so should you," Duterte said.
"To our troops from the [soldiers and police] who are still battling those who wished to do our country and people harm, may you remain strong in heart and mind, honor your fallen comrades by making sure that your sacrifices will not be in vain and do not be killed," he added.
Duterte assured the troops that the government will be behind them as they continue the "noble fight" against terrorists. (SunStar Philippines)