“America has been helpful. In the purchase of arms, we have a bad experience but they have a new policy now. We’re going to [reconsider] – we’ll buy if we think we need that kind of particular [arms],” President Rodrigo Duterte said at “Give Us This Day” program by Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy in Davao City on June 8.
Duterte also said addressing US officials, “when you deprived us of the arms, we started going around scouting for cheaper and better arms. And there were contracts already, memorandum of intent – intent to buy something like that. So we will not impair that obligations.”
“This is not to – Because Trump has just issued a – that you are prohibited to buy. I’m sorry but ganito ‘yan eh. When we needed, in the hour of our need, we needed the arms, Russia and China gave it to us practically free. Then, you know I’m a Filipino. You have to have a sense of gratitude. At least honor the contract. Nothing else,” he added.