We’ll buy arms from Russia, Philippines’ Duterte tells Putin

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte attends the APEC-ASEAN dialogue in Danang, Vietnam
Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte attends the APEC-ASEAN dialogue, on the sidelines of the APEC summit, in Danang, Vietnam November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

November 10, 2017

DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Moscow on Friday for its “timely assistance” in defeating pro-Islamic State militants who took over a southern city for months, expressing his willingness to buy Russian weapons.

Duterte last month declared the liberation of Marawi City from Islamist militants after 154 days of fighting, which killed more than 1,100 people, including 165 soldiers, and displaced nearly 400,000 residents.

“I want to build a strong armed forces and a strong police and the reason is very important for you to know that we are eyeing – we are buying arms from Russia this time,” Duterte told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam.

The Philippines was to buy more than 20,000 assault rifles from the United States, but some senators, concerned with Duterte’s human rights record and rising killings, blocked that sale.

But China and Russia, whose relations with the Philippines have vastly improved in recent months, donated a total of 11,000 assault rifles and trucks.

“Your timely assistance to my country helped us replenish the old arms and the spent bores that were fired repeatedly and we have a new stock,” he said, in transcripts sent to Manila by the presidential communications office.

Manila and Moscow signed a military deal on logistics, including a contract with a state-owned company for the supply of equipment, during the first-ever visit by a Russian defense minister to the Philippines last month.

The Philippines will have a 125 billion pesos ($2.44 billion) fund to modernize the military from 2018 to 2022 through a multi-year congressional allocation to upgrade its hardware, a senior military official told Reuters.

“We are looking at helicopters, small arms and equipment for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, but we are still discussing the specifics,” said the same military official who declined to be named because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

“We still prefer U.S. and Western equipment but they are very expensive. If the Russians and Chinese equipment can be comparable in quality, then they can be excellent alternatives.”

(Writing by Manuel Mogato in Manila; Editing by Nick Macfie)

  • Philo Beddoe

    The Godfather always shows up to collect his loan

  • Ed L

    Makes sense why go to Sax’s fifth Avenue when you can go to Walmart

    • Gary C Malachowski

      keep in mind, you get what you spend..

  • landy fincannon

    War has always been a very lucrative endeavor.

    The BANKSTERS have funded both sides in the run up the war, then financed the restoration thereafter.

  • Jason Lamson

    For general fighting, an AK is perfectly ok, so long as the distances aren’t too great. I wouldn’t trust the Chinese versions, though.

    The real cost is in dealing with China and Russia, particularly the former. The US offers extended deterrence for the Philippines. Phillipines is not being charged for that.

    Frankly, Filipinos are unpleasant people, and I don’t care one way or the other about them.

    • Cesar De Los Reyes

      That is nasty Jason, just shows ignorance to the utmost !!! Have to travel to the Philippines to find out that IF you are truly an American and educated then you would find out how welcome you are there. What Duterte is doing is purely common sense … the AK is proven and cheap which will benefit the troops with at least something to use against the MUSLIM terrorists who want to get a foothold in this third world country. THIS third world country was used as a buffer during World War II for the US, Australia, New Zealand etc. to have time to build up their armed forces. Without the Philippines, Australia & New Zealand would have fallen easily to the Japanese and the US wouldn’t have had a staging area to get back into Japan. That is education for you ignorant Jason etc. In Korea, the Philippine contingent was the only one that stood their ground and repulsed the Chinese … ask your General McArthur !!!!! … for ignorant Americans like you Jason, you can do your research on YOUTUBE !!! lol …. really ignorant, probably educated in some democrap school system !!!

      • Jason Lamson

        You certainly represent Filipinos accurately, being whiney, self-righteous, insulting, and barely literate in English.

        I am, in fact, extremely well educated and well traveled. I have never visited the Philippines because there is nothing particularly interesting about the place, unlike Southeast Asia in general, which is a fascinating place. You do have good diving, I hear.

        My direct knowledge of Filipinos comes from my experience in a visit to San Francisco. It’s not a very sound basis for judgment, I’ll admit. But Filipino actions during WW2 and the Korean war are no more relevant.

        Finally, I do not appreciate Duterte insulting an American President. I do not see any Filipinos objecting to his behavior, even those in the US who could do so without risk.

        • Cesar De Los Reyes

          Really ignorant … I have two (2) BS Engineering Degrees with some masters, worked with USAID and World Bank projects while in the Philippines and worked in Saudi Arabia as an engineer for 2.5 years. Passed the US insurance license, series 6 and 63 ON FIRST TAKE. Am Microsoft Certified and Cisco Certified … self studied took all tests I did as take one. Am working in a Huge Foreign company in the US selling the best product without a significant competition. SO WHAT ARE YOU JASON LAMSON … never going to be in my league BOY !!!!! 🙂 lol

          • Jason Lamson

            Another demonstration of why I don’t like Filipinos, written in typical Filipino pidgin English.

            Can’t seem to hold a job, I see. Maybe that’s because you’re a pr*ck?

            PS: you’re blocked.

    • S Mol

      If you call Microsoft, Netflix, Vonage, AT&T, DirecTV, or a myriad of other companies for customer or technical support, you’re speaking with a Filipino. They’re quite pleasant, and they put up with a lot more crap in life than you do, believe me.

      • Jason Lamson

        See my comment to Cesar. Also, much of the crap they put up with comes from them being very hard to understand and taking American jobs.

  • Ken Knerr

    Go ahead, buy those Russian and Chinese weapons. Watch how they blow up in your face.

    • Cesar De Los Reyes

      Really Ken … go get yourself an AK … it is cheap and it works. Ignorant and lacking in common sense. lol

    • Cesar De Los Reyes

      “We still prefer U.S. and Western equipment but they are very expensive. If the Russians and Chinese equipment can be comparable in quality, then they can be excellent alternatives.” … Ken, really understand what you read? … probably democrap educated are you?

      • Jason Lamson

        I see you are spreading the Filipino good cheer all around the comment section.

    • Gary C Malachowski

      AK-47 stands for Kalashnikov automatic rifle model of 1947. It is a selective fire, gas operated 7.62x39mm assault rifle. Most 47’s are actually the 1959 AKM. AK-74 is a 1974 update of the AKM. $300.00 per unit.

      The old AK-47 has a Higher over all rating..

      The M4 carbine is a shorter and lighter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle. The M4 is a 5.56×45mm NATO, air-cooled, direct impingement gas-operated, magazine-fed carbine. It has a 14.5 in barrel and a telescoping stock.
      $700.00 per unit.