Jordan may donate 1 more Cobra Attack helicopter - Pres. Duterte

Jordan may donate 1 more Cobra Attack helicopter - Pres. Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte revealed that the Kingdom of Jordan might give a third Cobra attack helicopter, this is in addition to the two previously announced when he visited  and met King Abdullah of Jordan last September 2018.
The President during his speech in Bukidnon for the administration backed senatorial candidates revealed this info, he also explained that he was reluctant to use such attack helicopter for anti-communist insurgency operations.
They gave us two (helicopters). I’m friends with the King of Jordan. He said he might give us a third,” the President said in the Visayan dialect during the administration campaign event in Bukidnon.

Bell AH-1 Cobra Attack helicopter (photo credit to owner)

The donation of two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter was meant to beef up the Philippine Air Force’s capability, which was tackled by King Abdullah and President Duterte during the later’s visit.
“They showed me the helicopter that they donated. It was shown in an exhibit there,” he said.
However the President refused to use foreign-donated helicopters in the government’s continuing insurgency operations with the communist rebels. He admits its painful to see government troops and rebels, both Filipinos killing each other.
“I don’t want to use those helicopters against the NPAs because we are all Filipinos. It hurts me to see my soldiers and the NPAs dying because they are Filipinos. I’d prefer to fight another enemy, but not our own people,” he said.

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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