Philippines mulls defence asset imports from Pakistan

Philippines mulls defence asset imports from Pakistan 10 December, 2016

The Philippines based PhilStar reports that Manilla is bearing in mind the possibility of procuring arms from Islamabad to modernize its armed forces and diversify its supplier pool.

The Philippines is looking at importing weapons from Pakistan, to diversify the country's sources from the US.

Philippines Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said that he has spoken with the (Pakistani) Minister of Defence. “My understanding is that the defence industry in Pakistan is very advanced, and that maybe we should look at purchasing military equipment from them."  Dominguez said.

 Dominguez mentioned this during his meeting with Pakistani Ambassador Safdar Hayat recently. A statement about the meeting was issued on Wednesday.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte, upset of criticism from the United States on his war on drugs, threatened to cut ties with the country's oldest ally.

 There were also reports that the US Senate cancelled a gun deal with the Philippines because of the drug war's alleged human rights violations, but these were not verified.


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