There was no disrespect meant when he, several officials, and soldiers entered the Grand Mosque in Marawi City with boots still on their feet, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday.
Mr. Duterte explained that they had kept their feet shod because the mosque, recently liberated by soldiers from Islamic State-allied extremists, was littered with broken glass and rubble that could have injured them.
Visitors to mosques are typically required to remove their shoes when entering the sacred place of worship for followers of Islam.
"They saw that it was full of rubble and glass. You could have been cut. And then what You will get a tet...
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