MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement that he is solidly behind the backs of military personnel will greatly encourage every servicemen to do more and carry out their constitutional duties.
This was emphasized by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla when sought for a comment on the Chief Executive's statement during his second state-of-the-nation-address (SONA) that he solidly behind Filipino troops doing their mandated duties especially in Marawi City where soldiers are now engaged in neutralizing remaining Maute Group terrorists.
"With no less than the Commander-in-Chief saying, this is more than a just assurance but a solid guarantee of his support in the fulfillment of our constitutional mandate," he noted.
Padilla also pointed out that this statement of support inspires every soldier all the more to carry out its sworn duties.
President Duterte also said in his SONA speech that he declared Martial Law in Mindanao because he believes it is the fastest way to quell rebellion in Marawi City which was being instigated by Maute Group terrorists.
"Never fear, do your duty, I will stand by you," the Chief Executive said.
The 17th Congress, voting jointly -- 261 as against 18 -- affirmed the need to extend Presidential Proclamation Number 216 extending Martial Law and the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus until Dec. 31 as initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte.
It was declared in effect in Mindanao after Maute Group terrorists conducted a series of attacks in Marawi City following the botched attempt to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS "emir" in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon, last May 23.
"I am reiterating by support to soldiers and police force. Those who are risking their lives for our country, I have your back," he stressed.
Also, Duterte said he is working to create a more stable nation defense to combat terrorism.
Source: Philippines News Agency