CLARK, Pampanga- President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday reminded government troops of the continuing threat posed by terrorism even as the Philippine military has successfully neutralized Islamic State-linked Maute terrorists in Marawi City.
"I enjoin our troops to continue performing their duties well, especially as martial law remains in effect in Mindanao, and there are persisting threats of terrorism and [insurgency]," Duterte said in a speech during the change of command ceremony of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga.
The President, who has pledged increased salaries and added benefits to soldiers, again assured the Air Force of government support.
This as he honored the valor of fallen soldiers in the five-month crisis in Marawi.
"We recognize the valor and the sacrifices of the PAF personnel who were killed and wounded in action, particularly the casualties caused by the conflict in Marawi City. Rest assured that the Philippines is committed to promote the welfare of all PAF personnel and their loved ones," he said.
In the program, Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina turned over the command and leadership of the PAF to Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar.
The President praised Fallorina for his achievements as PAF Chief, particularly in the Air Force's organizational improvements as well as its critical contributions during the Marawi siege.