Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Sec. Christopher Lawrence “Bong Go” recognized the sacrifices of the Filipino soldiers and police as he led the launching of a book series narrating the hardships and sacrifices of government troops in the five-month crisis in Marawi City on Monday, March 19, 2018.
“Although winning the battle cost us numerous lives of our troops, their deeds during the five-month-long battle have allowed us to liberate not only the city but the entire country from the clutches of violence and terror,” Go said in his speech during the launching of the book series“Marawi and Beyond” at Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Go assured the government’s continued support to the families of slain and wounded soldiers. He also praised the members of the Joint Task Force Marawi for a job well done in defeating the terrorists during the war that reduced Marawi City to rubbles.
“The book we are launching today explores the formation of the Joint Task Force Marawi and their efforts to liberate the City of Marawi from the hands of terrorists,” Go said.
The book series records the heroic deeds of the gallant men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.
“This book will not only immortalize the exploits of our men and women in uniform but will also serve as a reminder to future generations of the sacrifices of our soldiers and policemen in retaking Marawi City,” he said.
Being a top aide to President Duterte, Go said he personally witnessed the bravery and courage of the soldiers and policemen in Marawi.
“And for that reason, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of you,” he said.
He urged the Filipino people to support and always remember the sacrifices of the state security troops by reading the book.
“Let us unite to defeat terrorism as well as illegal drugs, corruption and criminality,” Go added.