MANILA - Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año on Sunday greeted his fellow soldiers a happy Father's Day with a salute.
Año, also tasked as the administrator of martial law in Mindanao, said the being in the military was the one of deadliest jobs for fathers.
"Perhaps nobody can appreciate Father's Day better than the children of soldiers who understand that everyday that their fathers stay alive is a blessing," he said in his Father's Day message.
The AFP chief said soldiers are tasked to secure the country so other fathers may celebrate Father's Day with their families in peace.
"To a gallant soldier as you are, happy Father's Day to everyone and God bless you!" he said.
As the battle for Marawi City continues, the head of Task Force Marawi noted that a lot of soldiers will not be able to celebrate Father's Day with their families because of their duty to protect the country.
"We cannot be there with our children because of our call of duty," said Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, commander of the Army's 1st Infantry Division, in his Father's Day message to his men.
He added that the best gift soldiers can give the nation is the gift of peace.
Last June 12, Independence Day, the nation honored the brave men and women fighting for the country's freedom with a tribute video.
At least, 59 members of the police and military have been killed in the fight to retake Marawi City from the Maute group, terrorists who have pledged loyalty to the Islamic State.