Political Analyst Explains Why Pres. Duterte Needs US Help in Fighting ISIS Attacking Marawi City

European-based political analyst Sass Rogando Sasot defended President Rody Duterte's action to seek American help in fighting against the terrorist in Marawi City. The known Duterte supporter explains the reasons why Pres. Duterte needs the US help in fighting ISIS wreaking havoc in Mindanao.

The statement of Sass Sasot was released on social media after the US government confirmed that its troops have started helping the Philippine military in battling the Maute group and other local terrorists in Marawi City.

The US Embassy in Manila released the following statement "At the request of the Government of the Philippines, U.S. special operations forces are assisting the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) with ongoing operations in Marawi through support that helps AFP commanders on the ground in their fight against Maute and ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) militants."

Aside from confirming the presence of US forces helping Filipinos on their war against ISIS in Mindanao, the US government also said that it would continue to work with the country in addressing threats to peace and order of both countries.

Sass Rogando Sasot explained on her part that the presence of US forces helping the AFP is necessary because the government seeks technical assistance from the Americans. The statement of Sasot coincides with the explanations of Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, 1st Infantry Batallion spokesperson who clarified that the assistance of the US counterpart was limited to "technical support."

The European based political analyst and a known supporter of Pres. Duterte on social media also explained why is it that the Philippine President did not seek the help of either the Chinese or Russian friends.

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Here's the Complete Statement of Sass Rogando Sasot:

1. So why did the Duterte Administration seek the technical assistance of the Americans?

Simple: It's necessary. Duterte's ego bows to necessity.

2. Does it diminish the independent foreign policy position of the President?

No. Independent foreign policy means the Philippines will conduct her diplomatic relations according to her own national interests, without being controlled by another state. Besides, the Philippines and the US are still millitary allies.

Trump asked for Duterte's help regarding the Korean Peninsula crisis, why can't Duterte ask for US help? Tit for tat.

3. Why didn't the Philippines ask the help of China and Russia?

We don't have established military cooperation agreement with China and Russia yet. Our military needs technical assistance immediately, and the US could provide it pronto. Furthermore, asking China or Russia to intervene, while the Americans are in the Philippines, could complicate the situation. Having the military of two or more geopolitical rivals present in your territory at the same time is simply courting trouble.

Source: Facebook / GMA News

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