ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 14 (PIA) - During his visit to Jolo, Sulu yesterday (July 13), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterated that the truth will come out regarding the investigation of four soldiers' death recently, allegedly perpetrated by policemen.
"As your Commander-in-Chief and as President of the Republic of the Philippines, I assure you that I will see to it that the truth will come out be it in favor of the police or the military. Ang hinihingi ko lang ang totoong nangyari," President Duterte said.
(What I ask for is the truth.)
Earlier, Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said the soldiers were on an assignment to track down local known terrorists in the area when they were fired upon and killed.
In his speech before troops and local officials in Sulu, President Duterte reiterated his call to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for "an immediate and impartial investigation to ferret out the truth".
Meanwhile, the chief executive told soldiers of his plans to provide world-class rehabilitation of wounded soldiers by getting in touch with a Filipino-American hospital chief in the United States.
"I have a friend who is the chief of the Cincinnati Orthopedic Hospital," he said. "I'll try to talk to him if he can come back to do a little service before he retires for my soldiers."
"If you are injured, lose a leg, do not worry. You will run faster. I'll give you titanium," he added.
"To our brave soldiers who are with us today, I personally came here to thank you on behalf of the Filipino people for your undying service, especially during these trying times," President Duterte said.
During President Duterte's visit in Sulu, two wounded soldiers were conferred with honors for their bravery during relentless operations against local terrorists. Family food packs were also distributed to other soldiers stationed in Sulu. Accompanying the President in Sulu were Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and other officials. (EDT/DIS/PIA9-ZAMSULTA, photo via Presidential Communications Government of the Philippines Facebook Page)