Hollywood action star Steven Seagal sought to boost the Philippine military’s morale by telling soldiers their wars are “winnable,” though it will take time.
Seagal had the opportunity to speak to soldiers when he joined President Rodrigo Duterte in his visit to Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu Friday (December 1).
Duterte paused his speech to allow Seagal to share “inspiring words” to the troops.
Seagal, who’s known for the blockbuster action movies “Under Siege” and “Hard to Kill,” acknowledged that the Philippine military has several threats to face, including kidnapping, narco-trafficking and terrorism.
“I understand that this is serious business and I believe there is a formula that can help the Armed Forces, the police, the intelligence network, to combat this very well,” he said.
Seagal said soldiers should remember their battles will not be won today or tomorrow.
“It’s gonna be a long fight, but the idea is to annihilate the enemy through attrition. It’s gonna be a long battle, but slowly, day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, the enemy will get smaller and finally they will be gone to the point where it is absolutely and positively controllable,” he said.
Seagal is in the country to shoot the television series “Commander General,” which is co-produced by former Ilocos Sur Governor and now Narvacan, Ilocos Sur councilor Chavit Singson.
He previously met with Duterte in Malacañang.