Philippines’ defence minister Delfin Lorenzana says military can manage without US aid

Philippine defence minister said on Friday, after President Rodrigo Duterte said the United States and the European Union should withdraw their assistance if they were unhappy with his drugs war.

By: Reuters | Manila | Published:October 7, 2016 8:06 am
Philippines, United States, US Philippines, Philippines US military exercise, Rodrigo Duterte, Rodrigo Duterte Obama, obama, Barack Obama, latest news, latest world news From left, Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Ano, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and National Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana, gesture with a fist bump as they pose with Philippine Army officers during his visit to its headquarters in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines Tuesday Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The Philippine military can manage without US aid, the defence minister said on Friday, after President Rodrigo Duterte said the United States and the European Union should withdraw their assistance if they were unhappy with his drugs war.

“I think we can live without (that) aid. Our Congress is actually giving us money now for the procurement of equipment. I believe they will give us more if we don’t have a source of other funds,” Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana told a foreign correspondents’ forum.

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    kood
    Oct 7, 2016 at 3:09 am
    The equation is simple . .. let US sell drugs worth 500$ . . . . procured in 50$ by US . . . spend 200$ to manufacture and supply arms . . provide an aid of 50$ . . and let us army stay freely in P hi lippines . . . inse minat ing the society . . . Good decision by Duterte . . . but now do not fall in trap of china . . .Russia is still ok, they mind their own business . . .
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    praxidio
    Oct 7, 2016 at 6:47 pm
    Leave us alone. We can have simple life without any aid.
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