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Duterte: Jordan might give PH third attack chopper

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday revealed Jordan might give the Philippines another attack helicopter.

“And then I went to Jordan. It’s a desert. They showed me the helicopter that they donated. It was shown in an exhibit there. They gave us two. I’m friends with the king of Jordan. He said he might give us a third,” Duterte said in a speech delivered in Bukidnon.

The President, however, clarified he will not use the aircraft for anti-communist operations.

“I don’t want to use those helicopters against the NPAs because we are all Filipinos. It hurts me to see my soldiers and the NPAs dying because they are Filipinos. I’d prefer to fight another enemy, but not our own people,” he added.

The Jordanian government earlier donated two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters that will help strengthen counterterrorism measures in the Philippines.

The helicopters will be delivered in July this year.

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