From Update Philippines (Nov 1): Duterte gives Hong Kong, Japan trips to Marawi defenders
President Rodrigo Duterte, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, said that female government troops who fought against terrorists in Marawi City were already given Hong Kong trip making true to his promise.
“Nandoon na sila. Ano ka man. Nauna pa sa amin,” the President said during the media interview upon his arrival from a two-day working visit to Japan.
“I was not thinking about some – something else. Somebody, but sabihin ko na lang, and it should really be made public. It was Cebu Pacific who answered for – Nung nalaman niya na – na sabi ko, sabi niya: Sige, ako na lang ang [air transport] – iyo na lang ang baon pati hotel,” the President said.
“And almost andoon na yung mga babae, galing na doon,” he added.
The President also said top commanders of the Marawi City battle were with him during his trip to Tokyo.
“‘Yung kasabay ko are really the top commanders ng ano… I just invited them to – for a respite. Eh hindi nila kailangan punta ng Hong Kong kasama ‘yung mga babae. Naloko na,” he said.
“Wala man sila mag gawain doon. For ladies lang ‘yun. A chance to visit Hong Kong for those who have not been there,” he added.