Tuesday, August 9, 2016

President Duterte arrives at Camp Evangelista

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 9): President Duterte arrives at Camp Evangelista

President Rodrigo Duterte arrived at the 4th Infantry Division here, the largest military camp, at about 4:20 Tuesday afternoon on board a civilian helicopter.

The President arrived at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental about 4:00 p.m. where he was welcomed by provincial government officials led by Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano.

Duterte, clad in a checkered blue polo shirt, off-white pants, and a pair of rubber shoes, walked toward the military headquarters after disembarking from a civilian helicopter that landed on the military ground a few meters away from Philippine Army headquarters.

The visit, dubbed as “Talk to Troops”, is among the regular visits of President Duterte to military camps in the country where he personally interacts with government troopers, a military official said.

The Presidential Security Group has barred the taking of photos and television footage of the President as the helicopter landed and while he was walking toward the army headquarters where he will have a close-door conference with top military and police officials in Northern Mindanao.

The photo ops and television footage would be allowed only in the military gymnasium where the President would deliver a message to the military personnel and the few invited local officials.

Capt. Patrick Martinez, the spokesperson of the army’s 4ID, said the President would also pay his last respect to the army trooper who was killed in action in an armed encounter with the communist rebels in Bukidnon last week.

He said from the camp mortuary, Duterte would visit the wounded soldiers who are undergoing treatment at the army station hospital in the military camp.


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