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US embassy apologizes

The United States Embassy in Manila yesterday apologized on behalf of US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg for the erroneous claims he said that Transportation and Communications Secretary Arthur Tugade, together with Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, traveled to China prior to President Duterte’s recent state visit to Beijing.

The United States wants to remain involved in the campaign to quell Islamic militancy in Mindanao, its ambassador to Manila said yesterday after President Duterte threatened to kick out American forces.

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday that he recently asked the US ambassador whether Washington will support the Philippines in case of a possible confrontation with China in the disputed South China Sea.

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