“Together, let us continue fighting for our people’s welfare and for the betterment of the entire Philippines,” President Rodrigo Roa Duterte told the troops of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) on March 10 at the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City.
“I salute the valiant soldiers of the Western Mindanao Command for their successful efforts in combating threat groups in their area of operations, especially during the five-month battle in Marawi City,” the President said.
“By fulfilling your sworn duty to protect our people and to defend our democratic institutions, you helped pave the way for a stronger Republic,” he added.
“I know that you have this distinct honor of offering your life for the country. And that is why, sa akin naman is I do everything at least to make your life comfortable, for you and your family,” he said.
Before his speech, President Duterte conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kampilan to 10 military officers and personnel and Rank of Kamagi to 22 others.
Source: https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/20180310-SPEECH-OF-PRESIDENT-RODRIGO-ROA-DUTERTE-DURING-THE-TALK-TO-TROOPS.pdf; https://pcoo.gov.ph/news_releases/president-duterte-to-western-mindanao-command-you-helped-pave-way-for-stronger-republic/