The President of the Philippines Rodrigo ROA Duterte stated that it was interested in acquiring the latest military equipment instead of weapons «second-hand» supplied by the United States, reports First Post.
The past two weeks, 3,000 Philippine military personnel opposed to the four hundred militants associated with the Islamic state. While the military have at their disposal American armored vehicles and machine guns.
The latest weapons (aircraft, UAVs, artillery, etc.) Duterte intends to purchase in Russia and China. This year, the Philippines spent about $ 500 million on the procurement of arms from South Korea and Israel.
On 24 may, the President Duterte introduced on the island of Mindanao where Marawi city, the military situation in connection with active actions of the Islamists in the southern part of the Philippine archipelago. Duterte interrupted his visit to Moscow and made a statement on the introduction of Maguindanao martial law after the city of Marawi, there was fighting between government troops and militants associated with the Islamic state.