In this Aug. 16, 2017, photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the 19th Founding Anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte voiced rare praise for the United States Thursday, calling it an important security ally, and dismissing historic grievances and his slew of past tirades against Washington as "water under the bridge".Duterte was speaking in Balangiga, a town burned down in 1901 by U.S. soldiers, who seized two church bells as war trophies.Duterte sprang a surprise last month with a warm reception for visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, describing himself as a "humble friend" of the United States.
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