By Alexis Romero
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is open to assistance from foreign governments who want to fight terrorism, Malacañang said yesterday as it confirmed the involvement of the United States in the campaign against the Maute terrorists in Marawi City.
But President Duterte told reporters in Cagayan de Oro yesterday that he was not aware the US was helping government troops fighting Maute members.
“I never approached any American to ask for help. Miski wala na silang tulong (We can do it without their help),” he said.
Duterte, nevertheless, is thankful for the assistance. “Nandiyan na rin iyan (It’s already there). It could save lives,” he said.
The Philippines and its traditional ally, the US, has had an uncomfortable relationship since Duterte assumed office. He has repeatedly assailed the US under then president Barack Obama for supposedly interfering with his bloody war on illegal drugs.
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