Thursday, October 26, 2017

US Defense Secretary applauds the Philippine Troops on their human right’s violation-free victory in Marawi

The US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis praised the Filipino soldiers for having won the five-month battle against the pro-Islamic state militants in Marawi City without prerogatives of human rights violations.

Combat operations in Marawi have finally ended this 23rd of October, 2017, after killing the 42 remaining militants and foreign fighters in the aforementioned city. More than 1000 people including 165 troops perished in the conflict.

"Here's an army that had to go in a fight like that, and they had not one human rights allegation against them with any credibility," Mattis stated to reporters of the two-day ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting at the former US air force base.

"Not one, and when you look at how bloody awful that fight was, that's really a statement about the Philippine military that set a human rights condition in the midst of that fight the way they did so," He added.

This appreciation is an incredibly rare spectacle under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte, despite all the strong criticizers of “drug war” and it’s human right’s violations, this is indeed a victory to be proud of.

The United States provided the combat operations in Marawi with critical tactical advantage, by deploying surveillance planes and drones, this gave Filipino troops a huge advantage on completely neutralizing the hundreds of militants on May 23.

Photo from ABS-CBN News

Then during a meeting on the 24th with Duterte, Mattis emphasized the importance of "shared rules-based international order" and Washington’s “ironclad commitment” to the alliance with Manila.

"It was a very good discussion with the president and we talked about the way ahead and we're on the same team," he told reporters.

Duterte on the other hand, who was known for his vocal anti-American rhetoric, made no effort of hiding the cultivating ties with the rivals of the United States, Russia and China. Ties that lead to the donation of 5,000 assault rifles, steel helmets, ammunition and 20 army trucks by Moscow due to his visit to one of the five Russian warships. The China also donated heavy equipment for the cleanup of Marawi.

Source: GMA News Online
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