Duterte 'has accepted' need for US assistance in Marawi: Abella
President Rodrigo Duterte "has accepted" that government troops need the assistance of Manila's treaty ally Washington in flushing out terrorists in southern portions of the country, a Palace spokesman said on Tuesday.
"He (Duterte) has accepted the situation at this stage," Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters when asked if the president was "wavering" on his earlier stance that foreign powers should not meddle in internal affairs/
Last November, Duterte said he respects the country's defense treaties with "friends," including traditional "ally" the United States, but still wanted foreign troops to leave his country by the end of his term.
Despite the president's push for an "independent foreign policy," military officials said it has allowed the entry of armed US personnel near war-torn Marawi City to provide "technical support" on surveillance and information gathering against the terrorists.
Abella downplayed the president's criticisms of the US, saying the alliance between Manila and Washington on full display in Marawi City "was always existing like that."
The nearly month-long battle for full control of Marawi City has left 258 terrorists and 65 government troops dead, and scores injured, according to the military.
The Philippines' Islamic City's 200,000 population fled from their homes and many suffer from poor conditions in evacuation areas.
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LOL, Nonetheless, this is a good example of why you should not badmouth other countries because of grudges. If there are any issues against friendly countries, do it properly so you won't look like a fool swallowing what you just spit out. where is china now mr. president? you also ask for help from them?
independent foreign policy, hahahaha, yes it is, you are totally independent from china, solve you're problem by you're own, you're loving friend china, china only care's on what he can get from you, business is business, if this still not a wake -up call from you mr. president, you are truly are "LEFT" go to china you're self, we don't need a traitor, we want a president which better than what we had before, not much worst than before, you are destroying our country, you are a clown, you take everything is a some sort of a joke, flip-flop to cover the another flip-flop, you're losing the credibility, our country have all the sign of failure right now.hoping it will not happen.
because of you're pride and egoism, narcisistic attitude, of not accepting the E.U. aid that supposed to help the muslim mindanao, in time's of crisis like marawi, you sacrifice them, and now you're people are suffering with this crisis, for you're pride and egoism, narcisistic attitude, you are failure you're self, all you just need is common sense, you even don't have to be a president. this is self explanatory.
as agot isidro says " kung gusto mo magutom, ikaw na lang" think of you're people not of you're self, sacrifice you're ego and pride for them, for the greater good, president with the brain, idea and move of a mayor.
-- edited by kawawawanaman on Jun 20 2017, 06:23 PM