Duterte visits Marawi for second time

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) — President Rodrigo Duterte seems to be making up for the number of times he had wanted to visit war-torn Marawi City — but had been foiled by bad weather or otherwise.

On Friday afternoon, Duterte was at the Islamic city again — two weeks since he first set foot there. Again, the visit was unannounced until after the President had left the besieged city.

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The commander-in-chief showed support to soldiers of the Joint Special Operation Task Force Trident at Camp Kilala, telling them he hoped no more soldiers would be killed in the ongoing battle.

"I hope you will be able to clean up Marawi City and get rid of the terrorists," Duterte said, reiterating his promise to provide free education for the children of the men in uniform.

He also said that he had just signed a law on free tertiary education in state universities and colleges so that poor but deserving students could finish school.

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The former mayor also mentioned about a recent spat with former president Noynoy Aquino, saying he was "insulted" when his predecessor claimed there was no significant change in the number of drug users in the country despite the ongoing war on drugs.

"I am very sensitive sa ganitong issue kasi marami ng mga pulis at sundalo na nangamatay, so kung careless magsabi ka na walang nangyari talagang mag-init ang ulo ko," he stressed.

Translation: I am very sensitive with this issue because I have lost many soldiers and policemen, so if you carelessly say nothing happened, I will really blow my top.