By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte said he will no longer acquire second-hand military equipment from the United States (US) for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Addressing troops of the army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade in Barangay Igsoon, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Friday afternoon, Duterte said government forces will win over terror groups in Marawi City using the best military equipment.
He said that he is willing to spend more money than just settle for the surplus of the United States including firearms and boats.
“During my time, wala na akong secondhand mga barko-barko. It has to be brand new,” Duterte said.
“Hindi na ako tatanggap ng mga equipment ng military na secondhand. Iyong ibinibigay ng Amerikano, ayaw ko na ‘yan. Even if I have to spend double the money,” he added.
In a bit of pep talk, Duterte assured the soldiers they would triumph over terror groups.
“Dito naman sa extremism, mananalo tayo. But we will have losses, ganon lang talaga ang buhay. Pero sabihin mo matalo tayo, imposible ‘yan,” Duterte said.
“Kumpleto na ‘yung jets natin. Kung buhayin pa ako ng Panginoon, you will have about 24 jet planes. Mag-acquire pa ako ng 12. Subukan ko,” he added.
He revealed that the country has two sources of firearms, but stopped short of mentioning which nations these were.