DAVAO CITY, June 4, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte said there would be no more secondhand equipment for the Armed Forces of the Philippines within the six years of his term, during a visit to the personnel of the 102nd Infantry Brigade in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, last June 2.
Duterte said there would be brand new equipment such as fighter jets, ships, and armaments.
“So iyan ang maiwan ko sa inyo, pero during my time nandiyan na tayo lahat, kumpleto na iyong jets natin. By the time I’ll be out of… Kung buhayin pa ako ng Panginoong Diyos, you will have about 24 jet planes. Mag-acquire pa ako ng 12, subukan ko,” President Duterte said.
He likewise reminded the troops of the duty of soldiers of following the rules of engagement as well as the international treaties signed by the Philippines.
To improve the morale of the troops, Duterte said there would be trust funds of at least P20 billion for the education of the children of soldiers.
Duterte visited the wake of Corporal Nilo Donato, who was among those killed by a friendly fire situation involving a military aircraft.