Tuesday, September 20, 2016

President Duterte set to visit 9th ID headquarters in Camarines Sur Wednesday
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 20 (PNA) -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte will visit government troops in Bicol under the 9th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Camp Elias Angeles, Barangay San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur.

He will arrive on Wednesday morning in Naga City from where he will proceed to Camp Elias Angeles for a situation briefing with Maj. Gen. Manolito P. Orense, 9th ID commander.

The President will give a talk to the Army soldiers under the 9th ID, also known as Spear Division at the multi-purpose gym.

He is expected to join a boodle fight with the soldiers and have a photo opportunity with them.

On September 3, the 49th Infantry Battalion of the 9th ID was sent to augment government troops fighting in Mindanao.

Soldiers from the 65th IB, also from the 9th ID, were earlier deployed to the same area.

The President has been going around military camps in the country in previous weeks with a promise to the soldiers that they will be given what is due them while soliciting support for his programs.

In August, President Duterte visited the troops in Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu and met with top military officials to get first hand information on the military operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Camp Bautista was the eighth military camp visited by the President since he assumed the presidency.

Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar earlier said President Duterte has to visit the military camps just like the previous Presidents to boost the soldiers’ morale and to personally interact with them on the government’s programs lined up for the AFP. (PNA) LAP/GVR/CBD/EDS