MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to study the possible recruitment of Maranaos to the military is in line with efforts to create a more inclusive Armed Forces of the Philippines.
"The President's directive to concerned government agencies to study ways and means by which members of indigenous communities can join the ranks of our defenders in protecting Filipino communities is in line with our current efforts to establish a more inclusive AFP," Defense public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong said.
He added that this would also enhance existing community-based peace dialogues in several areas around the country, including Marawi City.
The Chief Executive issued this order during a cabinet meeting last Monday.
Source: Philippine News Agency