Duterte eyes buying 6 to 7 new helicopters for military


President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to buy six to seven new helicopters for Philippine Air Force (PAF). “Magpabili siguro ako ng mga anim, pito, okay na ‘yung pampalit sa ano, iyong Huey cargo,” he said during his visit to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters in Jolo, Sulu January 22.

“Marami pa ba ‘yang Huey na ‘yan? Naiwan? Hindi, palitan ko na sana. Wala ng… Maano na talaga ‘yan, luma na. Maski na sabihin mong ano — maintenance ano,” Duterte said.

“The theory is an airplane can fly forever but theory lang ‘yan, with good maintenance, kung mi-maintain mo ‘yung makina. Pero maski ‘yung mga piloto dito, ‘yung every time mag — i-pressurize na ‘yung eroplano, ‘yung eroplano nagaburot ‘yan, nag-e-expand ‘yan nang kaunti. Tapos ganoon,” he said.


“Every time mag-take off, pressure tapos i-decompression. So ‘yang isang — minsan sumasabog o minsan talaga iyong ano… Tignan ko kung baka makabili ako ng iilan para pangpalit diyan sa Huey na ‘yan,” the President said.

“Well, anyway, that is my next project sa… Bibili ako ng mga helicopters to — para sa mga… Sayang ang buhay. At saka puwede pa naman natin remedyohan sa Bisaya. Eh kung may remedyo diyan, if it can be remedied, we will. I am not making any hard promises. But you can rest assured, I will try my best to look for money para palitan ko ‘yung mga luma na,” he noted.