Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during November 27 press briefing in Malacañang that President Rodrigo Duterte may already has a shopping list for of equipment for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“Nabigay na kasi ng Russia at saka ng Tsina iyong mga baril, nagamit na nga po. Pero after we received it for free, the President said I will but next time,” Roque said.
“And I think he already has a shopping list that is why he already had a closed door conference with DBM Secretary and the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he added.
President Duterte met with his Cabinet officials to discuss updates on the AFP procurement projects on November 23.
“He needed more firearms, he needed more helicopters, attack helicopters, he needed more planes, he needed night vision equipment. So he has a whole list of inventory that he needs to procure from these allies,” Roque said.
When asked where the Philippines may possibly procure military equipment, Roque said new rifles may come from China or Russia.
“Ang problema po kasi iyong mga Amerikano ayaw tayong pagbentahan. Di ba po nagkaroon ng resolution iyong Kongreso kaya hindi natuloy iyong pagbili natin ng Armalites. So wala tayong choice kung hindi bumili sa China at saka sa Russia,” he said.
“We were ready to buy armalites from the United States, but they were prohibited by the US Congress from selling to us. But we will buy where we can,” he added.
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