Jolo, SULU April 7 (PIA) - President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauded the performance of the military in its fight against terrorism in the province of Sulu.
Duterte, who visited the wounded in action (WIA) soldiers in Camp Teodulfo Bautista, Busbus, Jolo, Sulu said during his talk with the troops, “nandito ako para bumisita (I am here to visit). I am impressed by your performance here.”
Some 32 soldiers were injured in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf militants in Talipao, Sulu on April 2.
Twenty-eight WIAs are confined in the military station hospital in Camp Teodulfo Bautista, while 4 others are admitted at the Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City.
Among the confined injured soldiers in Camp Teodulfo Bautista, two of them are officers and 26 are enlisted personnel.
The president has awarded each of the soldiers with a Wounded Personnel Medal, a check amounting to P110 thousand, a cellular phone and a new Glock 30 caliber 45 pistol.
"We have to have peace. Maraming namamatay, but we can't fight for another 50 years. Trabaho ng presidente ang maghanap ng kapayapaan," said President Duterte.
On the other hand, about 62 pieces of firearms, ammunitions, grenades and other war items, which were recovered from the recent clash, were presented to the president.
The president committed new side arms for the soldiers to augment their firepower in battle; and new housing units with complete utilities, water and electricity, which will be provided to them before the year ends.
“Lahat kayo bibigyan ko ng side arms (all of you will be provided with a side arms). Kung wala kayong baril, kawawa naman kayo sa giyera (How will you take action in a firefight, if you don’t have firearms),” said the president, in his message to the troops. (ALT/EDT/PIA9-Zamboanga City)