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By Prince Golez

Malacañang reminded United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump that the Philippines fought on the U.S. side during World War II against the Japanese.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo was reacting to Trump’s statement that the U.S. helped the Philippines end the six-month-long siege of Marawi City.

“By way of a gentle reminder, President Trump as an aside stated that the US helped the Philippines in crushing the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) terrorists during the Marawi rebellion,” according to Panelo.

“We are of course not oblivious of such succour and we reiterate our appreciation for that deed. We wish to remind our erstwhile bosom ally that we too fought side by side with them in fighting the Japanese Imperial forces during the Second World,” he added.

Trump earlier said he was “fine” with the scrapping of the VFA agreement, noting that it would save Washington “a lot money.”

It can be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the termination of the two-decade military pact after the US government canceled the visa of his ally, Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.

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