Duterte wishes for Bell choppers from South Korea
President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday the Philippine government is thinking about the buy of Bell helicopters from South Korea to support the ability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“I went here, I’m attempting to, the day after tomorrow, to purchase helicopters for… we can look here in South Korea,” Duterte said in his speech before about 2,000 Filipinos who assembled at the Grand Hilton Hotel in Seoul.
Duterte is on a three-day visit to Seoul to additionally fortify Philippine-South Korean two-sided ties, particularly on exchange, speculations and protection and security.
The Philippines should buy 23 helicopters from Canada yet Duterte requested the cancelation of the USD234-million arrangement last February after the Canadian government set conditions that the choppers ought not be utilized for battle activities.
“You know, initially we had them. We requested Bell (helicopters) from Canada. They said they will convey Bell helicopters however you can’t utilize it against your citizens,” the President said.
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Terrorism and corruption
The Canadian government said the choppers ought to be utilized just for “air ambulance” however Duterte said the Philippines needs to shield its citizens from enemies of the state.
“My citizens are joining the New People’s Army, the communists, and they are battling (against the) government and executing my soldiers and my policemen and civilians. It’s a messy war and the general population are passing on,” he clarified.
Duterte said the nation is additionally confronting an issue on psychological oppression, which, he anticipated, would stay in the following 10 to 15 years.
Beside battling terrorism terrorism and criminality, he pledged to proceed with his war on drugs and his crusade against graft and corruption.
“I said just four. Corruption doing illegal drugs and criminality. What’s more, converse with the enemies of the state to look for peace,” he said.
Duterte said his legislature has just been conversing with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front, and additionally with the New People’s Army, especially with communist leader Jose Maria Sison.
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Duterte thanks South Korea
In the mean time, the President expressed gratitude toward the South Korean government for treating great the in excess of 66,000 Filipinos living and working in Korea.
“I might want to thank (the South Korean) government for facilitating such huge numbers of Filipinos here and guarding them here,” Duterte said.
Joined by his Cabinet individuals, Duterte was invited by about 2,000 banner conveying and cheering Filipinos who droned his name after the President was presented by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.
Duterte is planned to have a reciprocal gathering with South Korea President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House on Monday.
The two leaders will then witness the consenting to of real arrangements on transportation, science and innovation, exchange and financial participation, and a credit concession to the New Cebu International Container Port project.