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Philippines won’t take second-hand US military equipment: Duterte

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will stop taking second-hand military weapons from the United States and will, instead, purchase brand-new systems as the country keeps fighting terrorism in the south.

"I will no longer accept second-hand military equipment," Duterte told soldiers at an army base on the southern island of Mindanao on Friday. "I do not want those given by the Americans. During my time, I will not have second-hand ships. It has to be brand new."

The Filipino president said he was willing to "spend double the money" on modern weapons systems as long as they were new and that he would look at buying equipment such as planes, boats, drones and guns from China or Russia, two traditional rivals of the United States.



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