Philippine Navy contingent from Marawi given heroes’ welcome in Manila


A Marine is welcomed by his family at Pier 15 South Harbor in Manila as he comes home from Marawi City where he fought the IS-insipred Maute terrorist group. RUSSELL PALMA 

A CONTINGENT composed of more than 500 personnel of the Philippine Navy who fought the Islamic State-linked Maute group in Marawi City for five months arrived in Manila to a heroes’ welcome on Monday.

Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph Mercado, the Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command, welcomed the contingent, composed of marines, sailors, seals, aviators, intelligence and civil military operatives.

The navy troopers were aboard the BRP Tarlac (LD601) from Iligan City.

A boodlefight was prepared by the Philippine Navy for the contingent inside the BRP Tarlac.

The arrival was followed by a motorcade that passed through Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila to the Marine Base Rudiardo Brown in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. DEMPSEY REYES



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