MANILA (UPDATE)—President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he would give luxury watches to soldiers in Agusan del Sur should they show exceptional bravery performing their duties.
Duterte gave the 401st and the 402nd Infantry Brigades P100,000 each for their service in a ceremony held in the provincial capital of Prosperidad town, then brought up his offer of designer timepieces.
“’Yung each brigade will get . . . we’ll give you P100,000 each para pang-blowout ninyo pag-uwi ninyo sa kampo,” Duterte told soldiers in Agusan del Sur.
“And, of course, ’yung nakatanggap na ng relo, hindi na ’yan. Rolex na sunod. Oo, totoo. Di ako nagsusuot ng, pero pagka valor kayong lahat, Rolex kayong lahat. Sigurado ’yan.”
Duterte commended the Armed Forces’ Eastern Mindanao Command for “a wonderful performance.”
“Maganda ang pinakita ninyo sa bayan. And I give you my salute,” he said.
The President led the awarding of medals to the military personnel under the said infantry brigades and the donning of ranks to newly promoted officers.
Last year, Duterte said he received a Rolex watch for his upcoming birthday but refused to accept it.
“My birthday is coming up. Do not give me the gifts. Somebody gave me a Rolex watch, gold, in advance. I returned it. He does not want to accept it,” Duterte said in a speech in March 2017.
— With a report from Charmane Awitan, ABS-CBN News