Duterte leads Christmas gift-giving to soldiers

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DAVAO CITY (December 25)  —President Rodrigo Duterte made the Christmas of soldiers belonging to the  10th Infantry Battalion memorable, when he led the the Christmas gift-giving last Sunday, December 22.

Duterte went to  Camp General Manuel Yan Sr., Barangay Tuburan in Mawab, to express his gratitude to the  division for securing his hometown Davao City,  and for protecting the people and the republic.

In his speech, Duterte said “It is an honor and a privilege for me to join the brave men and women of the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division, which has always been close to my heart because my home city of Davao has always been under your care and protection.”

The President extended his Holiday greetings to the soldiers and their families for taking part  in the sacrifices  of their husbands as they serve the nation.

He also hailed the members of the 10th Infantry Division for their “gallant efforts” in fighting the decade-old insurgency problem in the country.

“The surrender of almost 8,000 communist rebels and the recovery of some 700 firearms just this year alone speak well of the division’s commitment to end the rebellion for good,” he said.

“I also call on our troops, especially the men and women of the 10th Infantry Division, to remain committed to your sworn duty to protect our people and defend our democratic rights. And I assure you of my full support as we continue to ensure the security of Mindanao until the lifting of Martial Law,” he added.

“As we celebrate Christmas and welcome the New Year, I am confident that the Armed Forces of the Philippines will continue to ensure that peace will reign across our nation for the years to come,” he said.

Members of the 10th Infantry Division received around 2,000 gift packs, aside from their cash bonus.-ezc/NewsLine.ph

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