VIDEO: Duterte cried as he hugs a blind soldier
A video of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte getting emotional and teary-eyed as he hugged a blind soldier during his special visit to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) General Hospital on V. Luna Road, Quezon City has gone viral.
Reports say that the 28-year-old blind soldier, Lieutenant Jerome Jacuba, lost his vision after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded during a military operation in Maguindanao months ago.
The explosion caused a total loss of vision in his right eye and a retinal detachment in his left eye where he only experiences minimal light perception. One of Jacuba’s doctors – Major William Recuenco – said that the young officer has a wife and two children. Recuenco said that Jacuba would soon begin studying how to read using the braille and that he is also set to be promoted as a first lieutenant.
The video shows Duterte shaking the hands of Jacuba and other injured soldiers. Jacuba reacted to the President’s presence by standing up, giving him a salute, shedding some tears and hugging his Commander in Chief. Duterte got emotional during their encounter and was teary-eyed as well. Duterte has visited several military camps to show them their support and to promise them that he will defend and protect them if they get into trouble with prosecutors and officials due to their faithful performance of their sworn duties.
The President also explained to them that his administration is willing to have peace talks with rebel groups such as the New People’s Army, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front but not with criminal groups like the Abu Sayyaf.
“As I talk to the communist, I will talk to the MI (Moro Islamic Liberation Front), MN (Moro Islamic Liberation Front), and all the armed groups there. Hindi kasali ang Abu Sayyaf (The Abu Sayyaf is not included). I will not talk with criminal,” Duterte told the soldiers in Lucena City, Quezon.