MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte stressed anew that he would support the country’s uniformed personnel at all times.

The Chief Executive reiterated his commitment when he keynoted the 67th founding anniversary of the Philippine Marine Corps at its headquarters in Taguig City on Tuesday, November 7.

“I want to emphasize to soldiers that --- for as long as I’m there, I love my soldiers and I love my police. And you can be very sure that I am there when the moment needs me,” Duterte said.

He again vowed to modernize the Philippine military and police by providing them brand new equipment and firearms. He said he wants to leave the presidency with a strong armed forces and police force.

The President also announced the allocation of PHP500-million fund for housing projects, prosthetics and other medical needs, and livelihood assistance for wounded and disabled soldiers. He said he hopes soldiers who lost limbs in battle can stand again with the help of titanium prosthetics.

After the Philippine Marine Corps event, the President visited wounded soldiers recuperating at the Manila Naval Hospital inside Fort Bonifacio.

Among the soldiers were Sgt. Jayson Gigante, Ssg. Roderick Pervandos, Sgt. Benjie Trilles, Tsg. Hector Pizon, Tssgt. Rolly Magalona, Pvt. MC Riel Omilig, Pfc. Christopher Famulag, Pfc Bernard Ariglado, and Pfc. Jomar Abuan.

The President conferred on them the Order of Lapu-Lapu with rank of Kampilan. The soldiers also received financial assistance from President Duterte. (PND)