US has been helping Philippines fight terrorism – Lorenzana
MANILA, Philippines — The United States has been working closely with the Philippines to combat terrorism, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday.
“We got assistance from the Americans,” he said at a forum in Camp Aguinaldo when asked if foreign countries had been helping the Philippines to fight terrorism.
According to the Defense chief, the US has a team in Mindanao and it has been helping the Philippines even before the twin bombings in Jolo last week, the death of which has risen to 23 on Monday, with about a hundred wounded.
“They helped us immediately, but they’ve been helping us track these terrorists even before the bombing,” he said.
Aside from sharing intelligence information, the US also used its assets to fly some of the wounded troops to nearby Zamboanga City as combat operations continue on the island province.
Lorenzana said Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia had also been helping out to provide intelligence prior to the blasts.
“I think because the three countries here — Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines — we occupy just one area infested by terrorists. The so-called East Asia ISIS actually straddles the three countries, the triangle. We are all in this together and we have agreed to fight this together,” he said. /atm
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