President Rodrigo Duterte inspected a Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KUH-1 Surion transport utility helicopter before ending his three-day official trip in South Korea.
According to Korean news agency Yonhap, President Duterte first went on to check the Surion helicopter during his visit to Korean Ministry of National Defense where he was presented with different types of weapons and military equipment.
Yonhap added that Duterte was also presented with models of missiles, torpedoes, and GPS guided bombs.
Prior to Duterte’s visit to South Korean Ministry of National Defense, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press conference “ang South Korea po ay siyang nagbenta sa atin ng dalawang frigate para po sa modernization ng ating Navy, at tinitingnan pa ho ng ating Presidente iyong pagbibili ng iba pang mga pang-militar na gamit galing po sa South Korea.”
“Specifically sinabi po ng Presidente na interesado siya sa mga helicopters, dahil hindi po natuloy iyong pagbili natin ng helicopters galing po sa bansang Canada,” he added.
Sources: http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/bulletin/2018/06/05/0200000000AKR20180605150600014.HTML; https://pcoo.gov.ph/press_briefing/briefing-for-the-philippine-media-of-presidential-spokesperson-harry-roque-with-department-of-finance-secretary-carlos-domiguez-iii-and-department-of-trade-and-industry-secretary-ramon-lopez/