Rody didn’t ask for it, but thankful for US counterterrorism assistance

MANILA / PHILIPPINES — Yesterday, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the US confirmed that its military has provided “technical assistance” to Filipino troops in the battle against Islamic State (IS)-influenced Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City.

PHILIPPINES NEWS - President Rodrigo Duterte

PHILIPPINES NEWS – President Rodrigo Duterte
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“The United States is assisting the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its operations in Marawi but this is limited to technical assistance,” Abella said.

“We have standing protocols which are already in place under the Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board with the US under the purview of the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951. It does not involve any boots on the ground nor is there any direct participation in combat operations, a matter prohibited by law,” he said.

Acknowledging the role of the US in the ongoing military operation to end the siege of Marawi, Duterte said he appreciated it but did not ask for it.

“I never approached any American to say that tumulong kayo. Maski man wala sila tulong, siguro mayroon (I never approached any American to say ‘help us.’ We don’t need their help, maybe a little),” the President said in a press conference during a military camp visit in Cagayan de Oro City.

“Nagpapasalamat na din ako, nandyan na rin (I’m still thankful; it’s already there),” the Commander-in-Chief added.

The President, however, argued that the AFP can ably resolve the Marawi conflict on its own, citing the bravery of Filipino troops in fighting the extremists and defending the Republic. “Kaya man natin. Kaya ng sundalo natin (We can do it. Our soldiers can do it),” he said.

Yesterday, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the US confirmed that its military has provided “technical assistance” to Filipino troops in the battle against Islamic State (IS)-influenced Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City.

“The United States is assisting the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its operations in Marawi but this is limited to technical assistance,” Abella said.

“We have standing protocols which are already in place under the Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board with the US under the purview of the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951. It does not involve any boots on the ground nor is there any direct participation in combat operations, a matter prohibited by law,” he said.

Acknowledging the role of the US in the ongoing military operation to end the siege of Marawi, Duterte said he appreciated it but did not ask for it.

“I never approached any American to say that tumulong kayo. Maski man wala sila tulong, siguro mayroon (I never approached any American to say ‘help us.’ We don’t need their help, maybe a little),” the President said in a press conference during a military camp visit in Cagayan de Oro City.

“Nagpapasalamat na din ako, nandyan na rin (I’m still thankful; it’s already there),” the Commander-in-Chief added.

The President, however, argued that the AFP can ably resolve the Marawi conflict on its own, citing the bravery of Filipino troops in fighting the extremists and defending the Republic. “Kaya man natin. Kaya ng sundalo natin (We can do it. Our soldiers can do it),” he said.Rody didn’t ask for it, but thankful for US counterterrorism assistance.

 

Source: Manila Bulletin