President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines can look for military equipment from Japan, Korea, and China after the 16 combat utility helicopter deal with Canada was scrapped.
“Kita mo sa Canada, nagbili tayo ng helicopters. We need it because we are fighting terrorism. As a matter of fact, so many lives of Americans have been lost in the Middle East fighting terrorism and they know that the terrorists are all over the world,” President Duterte said during the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club at Manila Hotel on February 19.
The President said Canada offered helicopters but cannot be armed. “Of course, there has to be the armaments, the weaponry. Sabi nila: No, it could only be used to transport evacuation and assistance,” the President said. “So ‘yung helicopter kargahan ko ng sundalo, hindi pwede ‘yan.”
Duterte noted that terrorists “are about to retake another city in the Philippines or to take another geographical unit, hindi ko magamit ‘yang helicopter kasi ‘yun ang ikarga ko lang kung mga sundalo ko nangamatay doon, parang gawain mong funeral service by helicopter.”
“Eh ‘di sabi ko, eh ‘di magbili tayo ng iba. There’s always the Korean-made, Japan-made, China-made. All of them are quality,” the President said.
“As a matter of fact, ‘yung rifle na tumama doon kay Hapilon, ‘yung leader diyan sa ano was a Chinese 7.62 rifle,” he added.