The Philippine government will purchase Black Hawk helicopters from Poland, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Thursday.
Lorenzana told reporters that President Rodrigo Duterte already approved the procurement for the helicopters.
“We talked to him sometime na, ‘Sir this might be in violation with your pronouncement that you are not going to buy from US (United States) but the Air Force wants that,’ Sabi niya, ‘Yan ba talaga ang gusto niyo?’ Nandoon ‘yung air force chief e, ‘yan ba talaga ang gusto niyo?’ ‘Yes, Sir.’ ‘Okay, go ahead,” Lorenzana recalled.
“Ang sabi ko sa kanya anyway this aircraft is coming from Poland. Gagawin sa Poland ‘yan... there is a factory in Poland making Black Hawk under Lockheed Martin at saka Sikorsky. I think he approves that, this is an exception siguro because maganda doon na,” he added.
Last January 11, Duterte said the Philippines would not buy military equipment from the US, adding that the country “criticized heavily” his war on illegal drugs.
Duterte bared that he has looked to Israel and South Korea as potential arms suppliers. — MDM, GMA News