Duterte confirms Jordan promised 2 Cobra attack helicopters to PHL

President Rodrigo Duterte revealed on April 26 that the government of Jordan pledged 2 Bell AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters for Philippine Air Force (PAF).

“You know, when the highest, the high commissioner of the Human Rights [Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein] said about me needing a psychiatrist, I wanted to criticize the gray matter between his ears,” Duterte said at the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.

“But General Esperon – my National Security Adviser said: Just keep calm. [I said:] Why? Why should I allow this?” the President added.

“Sabi niya: No, because the King of Jordan is very kind to us – He promised us two cobra helicopters. We can never buy one even. But he’s going to give us two. So you just suffer in humiliation and shut up,” President Duterte said.

UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein is a cousin of the King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein.

MaxDefense earlier said that PAF officers who conducted the inspection of 2 Jordanian Cobra attack helicopters last year found that the airframes of the attack helicopters are in good condition and are acceptable with refurbishing works needed.

Source: https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/20180427-Speech_of_President_Rodrigo_Roa_Duterte_during_the_102nd_Annual_Communication_of_the_Most_Worshipful_Grand_Lodge_of_Free_and_Accepted_Masons_of_.pdf