MANILA, Philippines – Philippine troops inside the war-torn Marawi City still have high morale despite the ongoing armed conflict for more than 5 months now.
A video showing members of the Philippine Marines dancing to the hit craze and nursery rhyme Baby Shark caught the attention of Facebook users.
The video opened with the troops – in fighting form and carrying long arms – working their way through a destroyed building.
As they moved across the landscape, the video then shows them dancing to the nursery rhyme. (READ: ‘PH failed to detect signs that led to Marawi’ – expert)
As of posting time, the video has over 130,000 views, almost 6,000 reactions, and 4,000 shares.
Facebook user Beverly Escarda commented, “That’s Filipino spirit, always looking for the brighter side.”
Another user said that this video, despite the awful-looking battleground, gave the Filipino people a glimpse of joy despite of their situation. (RAPPLER TALK: Sidney Jones on the effect of the Marawi siege on terrorism in Southeast Asia)
Many of the comments expressed their appreciation for the armed forces risking their lives in Marawi.
As of posting, Rappler is still reaching the owner of the video to identify the names of the Marines in the viral post.
The clashes in Marawi City, which began on May 23, prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the entire Mindanao. Congress approved the extension of Duterte’s proclamation until December 31. – Rappler.com
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