Philippines’ Duterte says didn’t seek U.S. support in city siege

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June 12, 2017

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte talks after visiting wounded soldiers who fight against the insurgents of the Maute group, at a military camp in Cagayan De Oro
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he did not seek support from Washington to end the siege of a southern Philippines town by Islamist militants, a day after the United States said it was providing assistance at the request of the government.

Duterte told a news conference in Cagayan de Oro City, about 100 km (62 miles) from the besieged town of Marawi, that he had “never approached America” for help.

When asked about U.S. support to fight the pro-Islamic State militants in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao, Duterte said he was “not aware of that until they arrived.”

The cooperation between the longtime allies in the battle is significant because Duterte, who came to power a year ago, has taken a hostile stance towards Washington and has vowed to eject U.S. military trainers and advisers from his country.

  • Bob

    I was in the PI when we closed our bases there. We moved most of the functions to other bases in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean because of “disagreements” over payment for the bases (they raised our rent). It was amazing how quickly their thriving economy went into the crapper and next we knew we were going back there for port visits. How quickly will this guy realize they need us far more than we need them?

    • Rodney Steward

      After he sobers up and sees a few heads laying around he may think different!

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  • Scorpion

    Of course he knew the US troops were there. They were in Mindanao to train Ph troops long before the current fighting broke out. A news article in the “Philippine daily Inquirer” three months ago discussed the rotation of these same members of US Special Forces.

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