President Rodrigo Duterte would want to add 20,000 soldiers to the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to secure other parts of the country as the military focuses on retaking Marawi from terrorists, Malacaang said on Sunday.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the 125,000-strong AFP needed additional troops to address the various security threats in the country.
“The request of the President for an additional 20,000 troops is part of our intensified security posture to guard areas in the country where there are continuing security threats,” Abella said.
In his State of the Nation Address before Congress last month, the President said he wanted the 85,000-stro…Keep on reading: Durerte eyes more troops, fighter jets
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