President Rodrigo Duterte has acknowledged the assistance supplied by the United States and China to the Armed Forces of the Philippines in its combat towards the ISIS-inspired Maute group in Marawi City.
In his speech on the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour Philippine Reception Friday (July 14), Duterte mentioned Russian President Vladimir Putin additionally pledged help for Filipino troops.
“The United States helped the Armed Forces in this fight. And China committed and delivered a lot of firearms for us — ‘yung mga sniper. I don’t know about Russia but Putin, sabi niya tutulong siya,” he mentioned.
Despite criticizing the US over its concern concerning his struggle on medication, Duterte mentioned he welcomes the help given by the nation’s conventional Western ally.
“You have to make friends, and there is a need for you to acquire the kind of firearms at nandiyan sila. Walang attachment diyan,” he mentioned.
Duterte beforehand mentioned he was unaware of the technical help and intelligence being supplied by US to the Filipino troopers in Marawi till its troops had been in Mindanao.
Since the Philippines has a long-standing navy settlement with the US, the President mentioned the federal government can’t enter into related alliances with different nations.