Shun ter­ror­ism, Rody tells kids

Tempo - - News - By AR­GYLL GEDUCOS

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo wants young in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons (IDPs) from Marawi City to stay away from the ideals of ter­ror­ism even as the govern­ment con­tin­ues its op­er­a­tions to lib­er­ate the be­sieged city in Lanao del Sur.

Duterte met with the young IDPs in Malacañang Wed­nes­day as part of the “Tabak Ed­u­ca­tional Tour: Peace­ful En­vi­ron­ment in the Out­side World” pro­gram spear­head by the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP).

The kids, num­ber­ing 34 in all, were the sec­ond batch of dis­placed Marawi chil­dren to tour the Pres­i­den­tial Res­i­dence and meet the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive.

Ac­cord­ing to Duterte, the young Maranaos should stay away from the ideals of ter­ror­ism be­cause it only cre­ates chaos and con­fu­sion.

The Pres­i­dent also asked the Marawi kids to help him re­store “what was lost in the war-torn Is­lamic City.”

Duterte de­scribed to the young evac­uees the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the en­tire is­land of Min­danao, par­tic­u­larly how the Daesh-in­spired Maute group wreaked havoc in their homeland.

He also ex­pressed grief over the de­struc­tion of Marawi City and ex­plained how the govern­ment troops were sent to the be­sieged city to re­store peace and or­der.

Malacañang said Duterte promised the chil­dren he will re­build their homes.

The young evac­uees, in re­turn, per­formed an in­ter­pre­ta­tive dance for the Pres­i­dent.

(Pres­i­den­tial photo)

PRES­I­DENT Duterte does the peace sign as he poses for a photo with the young par­tic­i­pants of the Tabak Ed­u­ca­tional Tour who vis­ited the Pres­i­dent at the Malacañang Palace.

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