President Duterte arrives in Misamis Oriental airport to visit slain, wounded soldiers

LAGUINDINGAN AIRPORT, Misamis Oriental---- President Rodrigo Duterte and his party arrived and landed in Camp Evangelista about 5:52 Thursday afternoon and went directly to visit slain soldiers whose remains lie at the Loyola Chapel inside the Army camp.

Military officials said that Duterte would confer posthumous medals to the slain Army soldiers and extend financial assistance to survivors before visiting the wounded personnel in the Army hospital at Camp Evangelista.

The two fatalities and four wounded were victims in a running gunbattle in the hinterlands of Sugbongcogon in Misamis Oriental last Monday.

The two killed were Corporal Marzon Morales and Private Oshin Rosala.

Wounded were Private First Class Marquin R. Variacion, Private First Class Vincent Nino L. Lopez, Private Regie Joy Duyan and Private Ramon B. Balibagon, all of the Army's 58th Infantry Battalion based in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in this regional airport around 5:30 Friday afternoon on board a private aircraft.

Duterte, clad in checkered polo shirt and wearing rubber shoes, then boarded the presidential chopper, which flew to Camp Evangelista accompanied by two helicopter choppers as escorts around 5:40 p.m. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency