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Presidents Duterte and Trump agree to fight COVID-19

Presidents Duterte and Trump agree to cooperate in fight vs COVID-19 pandemic

MANILA – The Embassy of the United States of America in Manila confirmed the reported phone call between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump last Sunday night.

In a statement released by the US Embassy at 10:28 A.M. today, it quoted a readout from the White House which said President Donald J. Trump spoked with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines.

“President Trump expressed his solidarity and offered additional assistance to the Philippines as it continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement revealed.

Both leaders agreed to continue working together as long-time allies to defeat the pandemic, save lives and restore global economic strength, according to the statement.

The US President also expressed condolences for the loss of 11 Philippine soldiers (now 12) recently killed while fighting Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu.

“The two leaders also discussed how the United States and the Philippines can continue building upon the strong and enduring economic, cultural, and security ties binding the two nations,” the statement concluded.

There were no details as to the kind of support the United States would have for the Philippines as of this writing. No other information on how the United States will assist the Philippines in its fight vs terrorists, specifically those operating in the southern part of the country. (Melo M. Acuña)

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