President Rodrigo Duterte said he has allocated some portion of budget for the acquisition of “new generation of firearms” for the soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“I have the money. I have reserved a certain portion of our income dedicated to the purchase of a new generation of firearms. Sa Intelligence, sa lahat,” Duterte said during his visit to Philippine Army’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija on November 22.
“Ayaw ko naman mag… For eternity, mag sige lang hingi. Pangit tingnan eh. It will somehow, you know, make a dent sa ating sovereignty at ang ating independence,” he said.
“I’m buying all the available equipment that are needed to fight the rebellion,” he said.
The President also mentioned about the acquisition of “23 gunship helicopters” and “multiple rockets”.