Philippine-US gun deal back on track after Trump’s election win

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duterte-wild-lookThe Philippine police will push ahead with the purchase of 26,000 assault rifles from a US supplier as the political landscape in Washington is about to change, according to Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa.

The deal has previously been scrapped by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte who publicly expressed anger at “fools” and “monkeys” in Washington seeking to block the deal and said he would cancel it himself. But Duterte now revoked that decision, apparently after Republican Donald Trump’s surprise win in the US presidential election.

“The President told me to continue the deal,” Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa did not explicitly say why Duterte had changed his mind, but he noted there would be “a new president in Washington” and “he and Donald Trump are friends”.

He added that it still could be possible that Duterte would scrap the guns deal if there were an intervention in Washington before Trump’s inauguration as US President in January.

“If they block it, I’m sure the President will again tell me to stop it. We’re paying for it, we’re not begging for it,” he said.

 

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The Philippine police will push ahead with the purchase of 26,000 assault rifles from a US supplier as the political landscape in Washington is about to change, according to Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa.

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duterte-wild-lookThe Philippine police will push ahead with the purchase of 26,000 assault rifles from a US supplier as the political landscape in Washington is about to change, according to Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa.

The deal has previously been scrapped by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte who publicly expressed anger at “fools” and “monkeys” in Washington seeking to block the deal and said he would cancel it himself. But Duterte now revoked that decision, apparently after Republican Donald Trump’s surprise win in the US presidential election.

“The President told me to continue the deal,” Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa did not explicitly say why Duterte had changed his mind, but he noted there would be “a new president in Washington” and “he and Donald Trump are friends”.

He added that it still could be possible that Duterte would scrap the guns deal if there were an intervention in Washington before Trump’s inauguration as US President in January.

“If they block it, I’m sure the President will again tell me to stop it. We’re paying for it, we’re not begging for it,” he said.

 

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