From Update Philippines (Jun 3): Duterte: I will acquire additional 12 jets, no more secondhand warships
President Rodrigo Duterte told the military during his visit to 102nd Infantry Brigade in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on Friday that he will acquire 12 more jet fighters and will stop accepting secondhand military equipment.
The said army brigade is operating under 1st Infantry Division of Philippine Army headquartered at Camp Major L. Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur.
“Kung buhayin pa ako ng Panginoon Diyos, you will have about 24 jet planes. Mag-acquire pa ako ng 12. Subukan ko,” Duterte said.
On Wednesday, May 31, the final 2 FA-50PH ‘Fighting Eagle’ Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighter Trainer (F/SA/LIFT) aircraft were delivered by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) completing the ordered squadron of 12.
He added that he will no longer acquire secondhand warships.
“During my time, wala na akong secondhand mga barko. It has to be brand new,” he said.
“Hindi na ako tatanggap ng mga equipment ng military na secondhand – even I have to spend double the money,” he said.