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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he was not aware the US government was providing assistance to government troops in its battle against Islamist militants in a southern city.
Duterte also said he "never approached America" for help. "I am not aware of that until they arrived," Duterte told a media briefing when asked about US support to fight the pro-Islamic State militants in Marawi City.
US forces were providing the Philippines with technical assistance, but they had no "boots on the ground," the Philippines military said on Saturday.