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JUST IN: Russia offers submarine to Philippines


Russia is offering to sell submarines to Philippines, this was revealed by National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana December 30 at the sidelines of commemoration of the 120th anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s martyrdom and nationalism held at the Rizal National Monument in Rizal Park, Manila. “Gusto nila magbenta ng submarine pero ewan ko… Hindi. Masyadong mahal. Napakamahal ng submarine. At hindi naman siguro natin kailangan ng submarine dito,” he said as quoted in report of GMA News Online.

However, the defense chief said Philippine military could get Russian drones and other intel equipment.

“Intel equipment, siguro mga drones, mga mapapalipad na walang tao, pwede natin i-ano sa kanila,” Lorenzana said.”Ang gusto ng Presidente kasi, inutusan niya ako na tignan ang kanilang sniper rifles. Wala naman akong nakita doon kasi wala namang available. Siguro one of these days, they will have available samples para ma-testing natin.”

Secretary Lorenzana said the Russian side is aggressive in strengthening military ties with the Philippines.

“Very aggressive sila na makipag-ano tayo sa kanila na relationship na military–hindi naman alliance kundi exchange lang ng mga estudyante, na personnel, participation sa exercises, mga observer lang sa exercises muna,” he said.



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