MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte paid a visit to wounded soldiers at a military hospital in Jolo, Sulu on October 31 although it was Halloween, a holiday.

Western Mindanao Command spokesman Major Filemon Tan said that Duterte visited 8 soldiers who were hurt in recent clashes with the Abu Sayyaf Group.

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Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photographers Division

Reports revealed that Duterte’s visit was arranged only that day because the president wanted to fly to Sulu “immediately to give moral support” to the wounded troopers.

According to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, Duterte gave each soldiers a check of P100,000, P10,000 in cash, and a Glock handgun.

The eight soldiers were also each awarded with a Wounded Personnel Medal.

Photos by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photographers Division
Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photographers Division

Since he assumed office on June 30, Duterte has visited military camps, promising to double the salaries of state forces.