GOVERNMENT troops welcomed an “unexpected” visitor on Saturday whose presence on the ground was enough to give their morale a boost.
Sen. Manny Pacquiao, an Army reservist, visited the soldiers in the war zone on Saturday to give them “moral support”.
“I gave them moral support. They were very happy because they did not expect my visit,” Pacquiao said in a radio interview.
Pacquiao is confident that the crisis in Marawi City will end soon based on the dwindling number of Maute extremists.
“Pakonti ng pakonti (ang kalaban). Malapit na matapos. (The number of enemies is getting smaller. It will end soon),” he said.
He added: “The soldiers were asking for our prayers. Let’s pray for them.”
Aside from moral support, the world boxing icon-turned-politician distributed groceries to the troops.
Before Pacquiao, President Rodrigo Duterte himself visited the soldiers in Marawi.
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