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Duterte vows to buy weapons from Israel

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he instructed the Armed Forces of the Philippines to only buy Israeli-made weapons.

Duterte made the statement during a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the Official Residence of the President in Jerusalem.

“My orders to my military is that in terms of military equipment particularly intelligence gathering, we only have one country to buy it from them. That is my order specifically, Israel,” he said.

The chief executive was confident that Israel won’t spy on Filipinos should the Philippine government purchase military equipment from the Jewish state.

“America is a good friend but you know, if he would sell you something, he would also be listening,” the President said. “And so with China and everybody else, Germany. So you can be very sure that they are also amply connected with you,” he said.

Duterte also said there is no reason for Israel to spy on the Philippines because “we are too far away.”