Abella says Duterte 'has accepted' need for US assistance in marawi

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announced President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted that government troops need the assistance of the United States government in fighting the Maute group in Marawi City.

Composite image from RT.com and US Embassy

Abella told reporters that he has accepted  when asked if Duterte was wavering his earlier stand that foreign powers should not meddle in internal affairs.

Last November, the president said he respects the country's defense treaties with 'friends' including traditional ally, the US, but still wanted foreign troops to leave his country by the end of his term in 2020.

Despite the president's push for an "independent foreign policy," military officials said it has allowed the entry of armed US personnel near war-torn Marawi City to provide "technical support" on surveillance and information gathering against the terrorists.

Abella said the alliance between Manila and Washington on full display in Marawi City was always existing like that.

258 terrorist and 65 government men died and injured within the nearly month-long battle for full control of Marawi against the Maute terrorist group.

The Philippines' Islamic City's 200,000 population fled from their homes and many suffer from poor conditions in evacuation areas.

Source: ABS-CBN News