Duterte no longer interested in buying refurbished military equipment from US » Manila Bulletin News



By Genalyn Kabiling 

President Duterte is no longer interested in acquiring refurbished military equipment from the United States following the crash of one of the helicopters bought by the government.

President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to another fallen soldier, Captain Rommel Sandoval, whose body was about to be transported to Manila from Cagayan de Oro City on September 11, 2017. (SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

The President claimed that China appears to produce more quality weaponry, citing the efficiency of the sniper’ rifles recently donated to the country’s Armed Forces.

“I will no longer buy secondhand helicopters from the Americans because the two–the three– one of the two crashed. What’s happening to these Americans? And we paid for that,” Duterte said in the Visayan dialect during his visit to government troops in Marawi City last Monday.

The President said he prefers to buy brand-new equipment for the military to boost their counter-terrorism capability. He said the military goods will be sourced from two countries, without identifying them.

“For me, everything has to be brand-new. All the planes and helicopters will have to be brand-new. Your guns, I want just one source for it. I’m not going to mention what country it is but it’s just two–two countries,” he added.

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