LOOK: Duterte poses with Marawi children evacuees

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  • The President posed with 35 Marawi children evacuees, in their special trip to Malacañang Tuesday.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 29) — The President posed with his signature clenched fist post and did the peace sign with Marawi children evacuees, in their special trip to Malacañang Tuesday.

In photos from Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, 35 children from different evacuation centers in Marawi City, ranging from seven to 13 years old, met with Duterte as part of their travel to Metro Manila.

The trip was an initiative from armed forces battling it out in the war-torn city, after the attempted siege of ISIS-inspired Maute group three months ago.

"The objective of this activity is to increase understanding and awareness about a peaceful environment," Lt. Col Jo-ar Herrera of the Joint Task Force Marawi said in an interview.

"This is also an opportunity for them to enjoy the peaceful environment despite the gruelling and the trauma that they have experienced since day one," Herrera added.

During their meeting, the President promised to the children that he will rebuild their homes, and reminded the children evacuees not to accept terrorists in their communities.

WATCH: Duterte meets young evacuees from Marawi

CNN Philippines Ina Andolong contributed to this report.