President Rodrigo Duterte said that he will not agree to buy arms from the United States.
“I’m addressing myself to the military. Kasi ang China, one of those parang nakasali sa embargo. Meaning to say, the recent announcement of Trump prohibits countries including us from any kind of transaction. I don’t know about arms but I have to read the full message of what they want,” the President said during the turnover of housing units to wounded police and soldiers in Barangay Grace Ville, City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan on January 10.
“Hindi tayo makabili. Tapos isulat niyang tatlong Cabinet members, asking us to reconsider our position. Sabi ko kasi huwag na tayo magbili sa Amerika,” he said. “Tapos ito ngayon. Pagka bumili ka sa China o maybe Russia, magsali ka sa embargo, you cannot trade with America.”
“Eh sabi ko naman sa – your superiors and the civilian leaders, with that kind of arrangement, do not expect me to buy arms from the United States,” he said.
He said that the Philippine military may buy equipment from either Israel or South Korea.
“You have to be a warrior to see the difference of what is a matter of principle and a matter of honor. Kaya sabi ko, magbili tayo either Israel or Korea, period,” he said. “I will not agree to buy. Pangit tingnan. Hindi maganda. It does not sit well with the Filipino na ganunin ka tapos pasunod-sunod ka na lang. Wala naman akong galit sa kanila. Sila ‘yung nauna. And they criticized me heavily dito sa drugs.”