MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte is set to honor the 35 slain and 367 wounded Marines who helped liberate Marawi City from the hands of the Daesh-inspired Maute group terrorists, when he graces the 67th founding anniversary of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) on Tuesday.
The event will be held at Jurado Hall, Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
A total of 165 government troops were killed in the five-month battle that started May 23.
"With the sacrifice and heroism manifested by the members of the PMC during the Marawi Siege, its 67th Marine Birthday Celebration is more meaningful and significant to its every member. With its 35 lives lost and 367 wounded in action, the Marines will honor and remember their accounts of heroism through its traditional and solemn cake cutting ceremony," Said Capt. Rowena Dalmacio, Marine spokesperson.
This year's theme is, “Remembering Our Marine Heroes", she added.
Marine personnel and civilian partners will also be awarded for outstanding achievements and contributions. (PNA)