(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s message to the Filipino Troops, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office)
Presidential Communications Office
Presidential News Desk
PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE
TO THE FILIPINO TROOPS
[Study Room, Malacañan Palace | 3 July 2017]
I am commending our troops of the Republic of the Philippines on the ground for your relentless effort and determination in our goal to retake the city of Marawi from the Maute group and the other local terrorist groups.
I enjoin the operating troops to carry on until our objective of wiping out these enemies of the state and the people has been achieved.
I urge you to remain steadfast and alert as martial law in Mindanao will remain in effect to counter the persistent threat of terrorism and insurgency.
The people of Marawi will also need your assistance as they rebuild their lives and homes once our military operations come to a conclusion.
By fulfilling this, we must not let our guards down against the emergence of terrorism and banditry in the area.
Let us also honor and remember our fallen comrades. May their courage and bravery remind us of the sacrifices asked of us as we go about the task of building a peaceful nation.
Government assures all the wounded and all the bereaved families that their needs will be attended to. The nation will never neglect the heroes of our Republic.
Let us all continue to strive to build a stable, orderly, and progressive society, continue to work to make our shared dream a genuine and lasting peace a reality, continue to serve our country and the Filipinos.
My salute goes to all of you there. Maraming salamat. Mabuhay kayong lahat. Hindi ko kayo kalimutan at hindi ko kayo pababayaan.
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