The Philippines is now poised to buy Russian military armaments, President Rodrigo Duterte told Russia President Putin during a bilateral meeting in Vietnam at the sidelines of APEC summit.
Duterte told Putin that it is his dream that before he finishes his presidency he wants to build a strong Armed Forces and strong police.
“It is very important for you to know that we are buying our arms from Russia this time,” he said.
“Because at the time we were short of arms for the military . And we wanted to buy it from America, but because of the almost equal power of the US Congress and the President it is only stymied by the legislators, so the 23,000 that I ordered were scrapped,” President Duterte said.
“In a way, you had us turn the tide and to shorten the [Marawi] war there because all of your assistance,” he noted.