President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to send Filipinos for military schooling and training to China. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine Military Academy (PMA) are actively sending military officials and cadets to United States for training and schooling.
“Karamihan ‘tong mga Pilipino na sundalo, kunin kaagad nila sa America [for schooling, training]. Talaga ang bond nila,” President Duterte said during the during the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club in Manila Hotel on February 19.
“Kaya ang suggestion ko ‘yung next batch diretso na sa China para ang loob nila – para balance,” the President said.
“So I’m sure there is an academy there that’s for – to train good professional Chinese soldiers. Maybe China can accommodate them,” he said.
“And let them – not really to fight the Americans but terrorism and – ang kulang lang kasi ng – the absorption of the cultural and social – dapat punta rin tayo sa China,” the President said.
PMA also sends cadets to Japan’s National Defense Academy (NDA).