WOMEN soldiers who fought Islamic State-inspired Maute extremists in Marawi City are now in Hong Kong for a much-needed break, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday.

Duterte said Cebu Pacific Airlines shouldered the soldiers' airfare while he took care of their allowances and hotel accommodation.

“They are already there,” Duterte said in an arrival interview in Davao City on Tuesday night after he embarked on a three-day official visit to Japan.

“The women [soldiers] went there already. I invited them [to go to Hong Kong] for a respite,” he added.

In September, the President promised the female soldiers deployed in Marawi City an all-expense paid trip to Hong Kong.

Duterte, on October 17, declared the liberation of Marawi after terror leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute were killed by government troops.

On October 23, the Philippine government announced that the war in Marawi City had ended following the killing of all the remaining terrorists who were holed up in the southern city. (SunStar Philippines)