Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday chided President Rodrigo Duterte for washing his fingers off the federal government’s request for Washington’s assistance in ending the siege of Marawi City by the Maute terrorist group.

“Duterte should just swallow his pride and be grateful about it,” Trillanes mentioned in a textual content message to reporters.

The assistance supplied by the US particular forces within the ongoing battle in Marawi is a welcome growth, mentioned the senator, a former junior navy officer and convicted coup plotter, mentioned.

The floor troops, he mentioned, may avail of correct tactical intelligence info for a simpler operation, which might additionally assist reduce authorities casualties.

As of Saturday, the death toll from among the many ranks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines stood at 58.

Duterte over the weekend claimed that he was unaware of the US help to the navy “until they arrived” in Marawi City.

The President insisted that he didn’t ask for assist nor requested the US authorities, pointing as an alternative to Defense Secretary and martial legislation administrator Delfin Lorenzana.