On Friday, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte thanked the China and Israel for providing military assistance for the clearing operations in Marawi City. And then he gave a back-handed compliment to the U.S. for “loaning” military equipment to the Philippines Army, which he then claimed they returned.
Duterte, making his remarks before the 43rd Philippine Business Conference and Expo concluding ceremony, also made the claim that the sniper rifle that killed Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon was made in China, adding that the bulk of weapons used in Marawi came from the Chinese.
It was only China who gave it on time and plenty,” Duterte said.
The president, meanwhile, said that the equipment provided by the U.S. was only borrowed and were already returned.