President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that the King of Jordan, Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein will be giving the Philippines a present.
“Sabi ko: Ano ito diyamante? O baka isang harem ibigay niya sa akin ‘yung extension? Sabi ko: Ano ito? So actually tulong sa arms,” the President said in his speech at the Gawad Saka 2017 and Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan 2017 on April 5 at Malacañang.
He said he was advised by the military to let his misunderstanding with UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, a cousin of the King of Jordan, pass.
“I was advised by the military guys there: palusutin mo na lang ‘yan. It might jeopardize,” Duterte said.
President Duterte first talked about the arms from Jordan on April 3 during the Inauguration of Lisap Bridge Project in Mindoro.
The President described the arms as “dalawang magaganda – mahal. Hindi natin kayang bilhin.”
MaxDefense Philippines said it “doesn’t see any other promise by Jordan to the Philippines other than 2 used Bell AH-1F Cobra helicopters for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).”
“So far the latest info as of today is that its still a go, amd that the PAF is in close communication with its Jordanian counterpart. MaxDefense believes that once the PAF becomes an AH-1F operator, there is good reason to get more AH-1F from private or friendly governments, or even used AH-1W from the US Marine Corps,” MaxDefense said on April 4.
MaxDefense earlier said that PAF officers who conducted an inspection of 2 Jordanian Cobra attack helicopters last year found that the airframes of the attack helicopters are in good condition and are acceptable with refurbishing works needed.
Sources: https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/20180405-Speech_of_President_Rodrigo_Roa_Duterte_during_the_Awarding_of_Outstanding_Farmers__Fisherfolks_and_Coastal_Communities_Gawad_Saka_2017_and_Mal.pdf; https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/20180403-Speech-of-President-Rodrigo-Roa-Duterte-during-the-inauguration-of-Lisap-Bridge-Project.pdf; https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/photos/a.119059604931372.1073741828.117625771741422/692531594250834/?type=3&theater; https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/photos/a.214163865420945.1073741835.117625771741422/684627015041292/