Business group donates 6,000 pairs of underwear for Marawi soldiers

Aiza Layague, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 28 2017 04:45 PM

CEBU - A group of Filipino-Chinese businessmen on Wednesday donated 6,000 pairs of underwear for government troops fighting terrorists in battle-torn Marawi City, Wednesday.

"We want to show our support to our troops especially in Marawi [and help] uplift their moral," said Michael Cordinete Que, chair of SDS International Charity.

Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao, commander of the Armed Forces' Central Command, received the goods. 

The military is grateful for the generosity of the Filipino-Chinese community and other private individuals who never failed to show their support by giving goods and personal items that troops in the battlefront in Marawi may use, Lactao said.

Soldiers have been locked in a battle with Islamic State-linked terrorists from the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups in Marawi City for more than a month now. 

At least 71 state forces have died since firefights began on May 23. Various organizations have been sending care packs to soldiers amid the ongoing offensives. 

Apart from government troops, 299 terror suspects and 27 civilians have been killed.