Duterte to DND: PH will only buy military equipment from Israel

Duterte to DND: PH will only buy military equipment from Israel

The Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made his marching orders crystal clear.

And that is for the AFP to purchase military equipment only from Israel.

"My orders to my military (is) that in terms of military equipment particularly intelligence gathering, we only have one country to buy from... that is my order, specifically, Israel," the President said during his bilateral meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem.
President Duterte walks along with his Israeli counterpart President Reuven Rivlin as they meet in Jerusalem, Israel. (photo credit to VOA)

The President explains that he prefers to buy equipment from Israel because it does not spy on the countries to whom it sells equipment.

“America is a good friend but you know, if he would sell you something, he would also be listening,” he said.

Duterte also took the opportunity to thanks President Rivlin for the much needed help extended by his government during the Marawi seige last year.

“You have extended us critical assistance during the Marawi siege against the extremists. And the equipment that you lent us helped us a lot to win the war and shortened the period of fighting,” Duterte said.

“We have in many times been recipient of your assistance. Most of these were the intelligence gadgets that used to defeat [the terrorists],” he added.

“It behooves Israel and the Philippines to cooperate more than ever to defeat one enemy which I think could never disappear within the next ten years,” he added.

President Duterte also expressed confidence that the Philippines and Israel would not have any problems since the two countries shared common ideologies including love for peace.

“I do not see any reason that there would be a problem in our relationship. We side on what is morally right. And you can be sure that the Philippines will remain loyal to the tenets of democracy and the right of a nation to exist peacefully,” Pres. Duterte said.

President Rivlin, for his part, vowed to further strengthen the long-standing diplomatic ties between Israel and the Philippines.

“We know that we have a very, very strong relationship now with you and your people. We [are] both trying to protect and to defend our people against fundamentalism, against terrorism,” Rivlin said.

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