President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday addressed accusations of religious insensitivity after he and some gov't officials were seen wearing boots inside a mosque in conflict-torn Marawi City.
"I respect Islam, it (wearing of boots) was not meant to disrespect or dishonor," Duterte told reporters in an early morning press conference after visiting the wakes of two soldiers at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
The President explained they had to wear boots since there were a lot of broken and sharp objects on the ground and pieces of rubbles inside the mosque.
"Yung nakita na nila puro rubbles ...
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