PHL may purchase military hardware from India

The Philippines may purchase military hardware from India. “There was a commitment, in fact, for the Philippines to purchase Indian military hardware,” Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said in a briefing in New Delhi, India.

President Rodrigo Duterte is currently in India to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and India’s Republic Day celebration.

“The Prime Minister said they have expertise in ships and other military hardware, so President Duterte manifested that in the same way he has decided to purchase weapons from China and Russia, he will also consider purchasing Indian weapons,” Roque said.

Duterte and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on January 24 at Hyderabad House, where the Government of India receives visiting foreign dignitaries.

“The two heads of state agreed that relations while already very good will even be better and that there will be further bilateral negotiations on issues involving trade and even military cooperation in the next two months,” Roque said.