Duterte visits, confers honors on soldiers killed, wounded in military plane crash

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5) — President Rodrigo Duterte visited Zamboanga City on Monday to condole with troops affected by the C-130 plane crash over the weekend, conferring honors on the soldiers hurt and killed in the incident.

Duterte's visit came a day after the military plane crashed in Patikul, Sulu. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that 52 individuals have died in the country's deadliest military air disaster in at least four decades. 

"This is a very sorrowful event. Kung ano ang nasa puso niyo, 'yun din ang nasa puso ko." Duterte told those who were present during his visit.

[Translation: This is a very sorrowful event. What is in your heart is in mine as well.]

Duterte gave his assurance that help would be given to soldiers' families, specifically mentioning providing for the education for their children, giving prosthesis to troops who have lost limbs, as well as providing monetary help.

"The best that we can really do the most important thing is that itong namatay [the dead] that they shall not have died in vain... and it behooves upon us to continue the help when they were alive as they are now in heaven," he said.

Duterte also went to each of the caskets of fallen troops, laying his hands on the flags draped over these.

According to Radio Television Malacañang, Duterte visited Camp Navarro General Hospital to award soldiers wounded in action with the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kampilan. 

Soldiers killed in action were conferred with the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kalasag.