Duterte Thumbs Down Second Hand Military Equipment from US, Eyes New Weapons from Other Countries

President Rodrigo Duterte resumed his criticism of the US, declaring that he would not accept second-hand weapons and military equipment from American military forces. He said that he is willing to double the Philippine military’s procurement budget, so long as the weapons are brand new. He added that he would source new top of the line equipment from two nations; these are most likely to be Russia and China, with which…

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