“The US is offering the Philippines to buy heavy-lift Chinook helicopters,” Philippine Ambassador to United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said in an interview with press as quoted by ABS-CBN News.
“We are buying more equipment, but on the high-ticket items I think you know about the 16 Blackhawk helicopters. And then there are the heavy-lift Chinook helicopters which are being offered to the Philippines,” he said.
Romualdez said the helicopters will be useful in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and troop movements.
“This is very important for our disaster relief and then also in the movement of our soldiers,” he explained. “Our soldiers would prefer obviously American-made, not because they have anything against Russian or Chinese-made, but because interoperability is very important.”