MANILA- Distancing from his usual anti-American remarks, President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said Manila and Washington should work together to address international terrorism threats.
Speaking at the Mt. Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan for the Araw ng Kagitingan commemoration rites, Duterte said the historic ties between the Philippines and the United States should serve as a basis for joint anti-terrorism efforts.
As we fought together to stay above the enemy then, so we should help each other to address the threats that confront our societies, our region, and our world,” Duterte said in a prepared speech.
Now the menace of terrorism, violent extremism and transnational crimes such as the illegal drug trade have called into question, efforts uphold the responsibility to defend the common good,” he added.
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