From Rappler (Jun 19): AFP selling 'Support Our Troops' shirts to boost Marawi soldiers' morale
The AFP Civil Relations Service says it wants to show soldiers in Marawi City that their fellow Filipinos support them
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is selling t-shirts in a bid to boost the morale of soldiers battling terrorists in Marawi City.
The AFP Civil Relations Service (CRS) had t-shirts printed with the message "Support Our Troops."
AFP CRS chief Brigadier General Ronnie Evangelista said on Monday, June 19, that they are selling these at P150 each – not for profit as they are just breaking even – but to show troops that their fellow Filipinos support them. (READ: #SalamatSaSerbisyo: Netizens show support for Marawi soldiers, cops)
Evangelista said the t-shirts will be sold to the public at the AFP CRS office and at Gate 1 of Camp Aguinaldo, the military's national headquarters in Quezon City.
FOR THE TROOPS. Brigadier General Ronnie Evangelista holds up one of the shirts. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler
A total of 59 soldiers and 3 policemen have been killed since clashes with terrorists erupted in Marawi City on May 23. (READ: PH honors 'heroes of Marawi' with noontime salute)
The clashes prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the entire Mindanao, a proclamation that is being challenged before the Supreme Court. Martial law remains in effect for a maximum of 60 days, unless Duterte seeks an extension and gets congressional approval.