Duterte: I’ll accept firearms from China

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told Filipino troops during a speech he will be accepting firearms from China, Duterte had turned to China after initially being rebuffed by the US State Department for an order of 26,000 assault rifles.

While Duterte did not declare what the arms were or how much they would cost, it is another step towards strengthening the alliance with China. The arms deal follows a three day trip in October that secured up to $24 billion in investment and financing agreements for the Philippines. $9 billion was said to be in credit facilities according to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, which could come into play during this arms deal.

“China is pressing me on the firearms, which are already there. I’ll accept them. They’re rushing it,” Duterte said. “We don’t need to ask from others because they’re willing to give it,” he said. “This isn’t free, but it’s actually a grant payable in 25 years.”

The Philippines under previous administrations had heavily depended on the United States of America for weapons, ships, aircraft and other material support. Duterte’s hostile stance towards the U.S since taking over office from Benigno Aquino lll has altered that approach and arms are also being sought from Russia. 

The Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, last week visited defense officials in Moscow to enquire on sniper rifles. The visit by the Filipino secretary was the first of it’s kind since the establishment of diplomatic relations with Russia in 1976. “If their sniper rifles are superior as they claim, we may decide to acquire,” Lorenzana told The Associated Press.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told Filipino troops during a speech he will be accepting firearms from China, Duterte had turned to China after initially being rebuffed by the US State Department for an order of 26,000 assault rifles. While Duterte did not declare what the arms were or how much they would cost, it is another step towards strengthening the alliance with China. The arms deal follows a three day trip in October that secured up to $24 billion in investment and financing agreements for the Philippines. $9 billion was said to be in credit facilities according to Trade Secretary Ramon...

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told Filipino troops during a speech he will be accepting firearms from China, Duterte had turned to China after initially being rebuffed by the US State Department for an order of 26,000 assault rifles.

While Duterte did not declare what the arms were or how much they would cost, it is another step towards strengthening the alliance with China. The arms deal follows a three day trip in October that secured up to $24 billion in investment and financing agreements for the Philippines. $9 billion was said to be in credit facilities according to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, which could come into play during this arms deal.

“China is pressing me on the firearms, which are already there. I’ll accept them. They’re rushing it,” Duterte said. “We don’t need to ask from others because they’re willing to give it,” he said. “This isn’t free, but it’s actually a grant payable in 25 years.”

The Philippines under previous administrations had heavily depended on the United States of America for weapons, ships, aircraft and other material support. Duterte’s hostile stance towards the U.S since taking over office from Benigno Aquino lll has altered that approach and arms are also being sought from Russia. 

The Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, last week visited defense officials in Moscow to enquire on sniper rifles. The visit by the Filipino secretary was the first of it’s kind since the establishment of diplomatic relations with Russia in 1976. “If their sniper rifles are superior as they claim, we may decide to acquire,” Lorenzana told The Associated Press.

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