Pres. Duterte Eyes Purchasing Bell Helicopters from Korea to Boost AFP's Capability


The tough-talking President of the Republic of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confirmed that the Philippine government is considering the purchase of Bell Helicopters from the Republic of Korea (South Korea) to boost the capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).



In one of Pres. Duterte's speech in South Korea, he stated that he is planning to buy helicopters for the AFP, this is one of the reason why he visited the country aside from his official state visit. The main reasons of Pres. Duterte's visit is to further strengthen the Philippine-South Korean bilateral ties, especially on trade, investments and defense and security.

The Philippines was supposed to purchase 23 helicopters from Canada but Pres. Duterte ordered the cancellation of the USD234-million deal last February after the Canadian government set conditions that the choppers should not be used for combat operations.



The Canadian government said the choppers should be used only for “air ambulance” but Duterte said the Philippines has to protect its citizens from enemies of the state.

During Pres. Rody Duterte's visit to South Korea, he stated that he would like to thank the South Korean government for hosting so many Filipinos and keepting them safe in Korea.


Source: PNA

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